Deans says Wallabies in the deep end

Adrian Warren, NZ Newswire July 16, 2012, 4:49 pm

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says starting well in the inaugural Rugby Championship is a big priority as he contemplates back-to-back games against the world champion All Blacks.

Australia host New Zealand in Sydney on August 18 on the opening weekend of the four-team tournament and face the All Blacks again in Auckland seven days later.

Should they lose both games, not only would the Wallabies' decade-long Bledisloe Cup drought be extended but their quest for the Rugby Championship crown would be on life support.

The Wallabies enter the tournament as the last Tri-Nations champions, but remain ranked second in the world behind the All Blacks.

Deans was adamant New Zealand's World Cup win last year would not be an excuse for Australia to settle for second spot.

"There's no wriggle room. You enter every game to win it," said Deans on Monday at the announcement of his first train-on squad for the Championship.

"We're starting in the deep end and two fixtures back to back against the All Blacks.

"That's going to be a big priority for us, starting well."

Deans said the June Tests gave a good indication of what to expect from the 2012 All Blacks under new coach Steve Hansen.

Ireland went desperately close to securing a first ever win over the All Blacks in their second Test but copped a belting as the Kiwis responded in the third match and swept their three-Test series.

"The Irish got close to them and had a great opportunity in the third outing to show how close they were, or possibly get a result, and they got the message that the All Blacks not only consider themselves to be No.1 but are No.1," said Deans.

Deans's 27-man train-on squad comprises players from all Australian Super Rugby franchises except the Queensland Reds who are involved in the finals series beginning this week.

Uncapped players named included Western Force winger Nick Cummins, Melbourne Rebels centre Mitch Inman and Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan.

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  1. m03:02am Tuesday 17th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    aye aye soldier!

  2. Perplexed09:00pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Well if we got the same refs & TMOs they be the threat mate.& let face it yu can control it though them ah,Cause they unreprouchable

  3. ROMMEL08:39pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    bollocks is a great word ,,,,the big threat this year comes from south africa ,,,,ja

  4. Graeme08:33pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Robbie Deans is running out of time to prove his worth and this years Rugby Championship will prove without doubt that he knows what he is doing. The flare and talent that the Wallabies have only needs to come to the fore and they will sweep all before them.

  5. Hombre07:27pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Underestimate the Wallabies at your peril.

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  6. Pieman07:19pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    We wondered how long it was before he pulled Paddy Ryan in, wet very well the other night.

  7. peter06:00pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Some of the aussie rugby in the super15 especially the reds has been of a high quality fast open and very entertaining the rebels also have to all teams been playing a good brand of rugby also very much improved i believe that the aussie team will be a big challege for the all blacks think we needed sbw just for that x factor i believe the aussie rugby will be a big threat

  8. Kiwi05:54pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Stu thinks that the Aussies don't take the game seriously. You think they play just for the fun of it? They play to win man. Its just that they are not good enough yet. Maybe sometime but not yet. K1w1.

  9. Mr B05:15pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Thewallabies have been in the deep end for years. Until the can get a forward pack of any skill and develop some depth, they will always be also rans. Their scrum is the joke of world rugby, and whenever they engage and dont like it, they collapse the scrum. If you look at scrum resets involving wallabies, twice the number as in tests not involving them. Gotto be a clue there

  10. Stu05:06pm Monday 16th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    If Oz ever decided to take the game serious we would lose by 30 points each time. For the sake of those rugby tragics out there you seem to think beating Oz at this obscure sport is the do all and end all lets hope it never happens.

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