Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
Gary Ayres swings the axe, brylcreem, mouthguard...
8, count 'em 8 players were delisted from the Adelaide squad today:
Ryan Fitzgerald - Promising never-was.
Robert Shirley - Honest flanker, nothing more.
Bryan Beinke - See Fitzgerald.
Hayden Skipworth - Tiny rover, was never going to make it.
Evan Hewitt - Honest utility player.
Matthew Shir - Most promising of the bunch, has a future.
Laurence Angwin - Bigger waste of space than Tom Gilligan.
Michael Handby - WHO?!
By the same token, promising kids Martin Mattner, Nathan Bock and Ben Rutten were promoted onto the senior list from the rookie list.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.