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.
All Blacks sensation Sonny Bill Williams is expected to re-sign with the New Zealand Rugby Union today on a one year deal, but he remains no closer to deciding which Super Rugby franchise will secure his services.
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.
Matt Giteau faces an uphill task if he is going to make it to his third Rugby World Cup after he was sensationally dropped from the Wallabies line up to face South Africa this weekend. 1
Australian Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has made seven changes to the line-up that will play in the opening Tri-Nations Test against South Africa this Saturday after the Aussies’ upset loss to Samoa last Sunday.
Samoa have pulled off one of the greatest ever international rugby union upsets by defeating Australia 32-23 at ANZ Stadium yesterday.
Former Wallabies fly-half and Rugby World Cup champion Elton Flatley has warned an ageing All Blacks outfit that they will have to lift their game ahead of the Rugby Union Tri-Nations if they are to salute as the favourites, saying the gun, young Australian squad have the skills and stamina for an upset.
Wallabies test captain Rocky Elsom will make his return to the international arena against Samoa on Sunday in spite of the fact he has made just one Super Rugby appearance since last November.
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