Key All Black out of Wallabies clash after suffering head injury setback

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

The Perth-based Force had their Super Rugby licence rescinded by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) on Friday after they agreed to cut one team from the competition following a decision to reduce it from 18 teams to 15 from next season.

"There are grim pickings at the moment, loss to Scotland, struggled against Italy, I think 27 outings against provincial teams in New Zealand haven't got a win", FitzSimons said. Why should we believe?

The new-look Wallabies have been working on their fitness in recent weeks and while Cheika hinted that he could pinch a leaf out of the British and Irish Lions' playbook by looking to pressure the All Blacks with their defence.

"No mate, one thing we've seen since the World Cup and one thing we've been doing is renovating our team".

"I'm not in any way saying it's going to be easy, do you know what I mean?"

He pointed to almost 20 new caps blooded since, with only about a dozen of the 2015 World Cup squad remaining.

"So that extra experience, we've had an excellent training camp, strong, we've trained hard, and they're getting their belief".

Cape Town - New Zealand hooker Dane Coles has backed Nepo Laulala to impress for the All Blacks, if called upon to face Australia next weekend.

"Then from there we'll see what happens from there".

Trying to win back the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2003 should help his Western Force players deal with the disappointment of their side being cut from Super Rugby, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has said.

"Obviously they were disappointed, there's no doubt about that, but as a professional player they've also got to prepare themselves as well", Cheika told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

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