Wallabies team vs England Rugby Test 2018: Glen Ella left gobsmacked by Michael Cheika’s selections


Former Australian and England attack coach Glen Ella has been left gobsmacked by Michael Cheika’s selection calls ahead of their clash at Twickenham on Sunday (2am AEDT).

After the Wallabies crept past Italy 26-7 last weekend, it was widely thought that Cheika would end his brief experiment with regular playmaker Bernard Foley at inside centre.

Foley, who has been the side’s predominant playmaker since 2014 in his 67 Tests, struggled to link up with his outside men during the win and regularly crabbed sideways when popping up in the second playmaking position during the win over the 14th ranked nation in the world.

Bob Dwyer, the 1991 World Cup-winning Wallabies coach, was one of a number of astute judges that called for tackle-shredding outside centre Samu Kerevi to be shifted to inside centre, with either Foley or Matt Toomua to wear the No 10 jersey.

But Cheika shocked many on Friday morning (AEDT) by naming Foley at inside centre and dropping versatile back Kurtley Beale from his squad altogether.

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