The Wallabies are gearing up to meet a near full strength Springbok side in Saturday’s tri-nations match in South Africa.
The Wallabies will go into Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks in Auckland with the same starting 15 that dispatched the Springboks a fortnight ago.
Nathan Sharpe’s chances of playing at a third rugby World Cup have nosedived after the veteran lock was cut from the Wallabies squad that will take on New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup opener on the weekend.
New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry will start star centre Sonny Bill Williams on the bench in Saturday night’s Tri-Nations clash against the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
Wycliff Palu has undergone surgery on his injured knee as he battles to be fit in time for the Rugby World Cup.
Western Force flanker Richard Brown has been ruled out of contention for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the 23-capped Wallabies Test star undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury that will sideline him until next year.
Young Australian prop Sekope Kepu is confident the Wallabies can claim an upset win over the All Blacks in their upcoming Tri-Nations Test, a victory he hopes to have a big part of repaying the faith rival Kiwi scrum coach Mike Cron has always had in him.
Still on a high after Australia’s commanding win over South Africa in Saturday night’s opening Tri-Nations encounter, young Wallabies utility James O’Connor is confident they can continue their good form with an upset over New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup honours.
The Wallabies will now set their sights on the All Blacks after comfortably disposing of the Springboks 29-20 in the Tri-Nations opener at ANZ Stadium.
Former South Africa supercoach Jack White may have lead the Springboks to their 2004 Tri Nations title and 2007 Rugby World Cup victory, but he is tipping the Australian Wallabies to win this year’s Tri Nations tournament.
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