By ELLIOT MATHYE
Australia coach Robbie Deans is still deciding on sending out the same side that beat New Zealand last weekend before his team begins with the European leg of their tour against Wales on Saturday, November 6.
The former New Zealand international, was in charge of the Wallaby team that ended the All Blacks’ unbeaten run, winning all 15 games with a 26-24 accomplishment in Hong Kong on Monday, November 1.
During an interview, Dean said: “It appears we have come through the New Zealand game unharmed and have the potential to name an unchanged side, which makes a change. Continuity is starting to serve us and those who played in Hong Kong have done their chances of being selected on Saturday.”
On the same note, Flyhalf Cooper will look to dictate play on Saturday but Deans said the rising star might face a different test against Wales than the one he is used to when playing fellow southern hemisphere giants New Zealand and South Africa. Dean also elaborated on the challenge for Quade which will be different to that in the Tri-Nations, and he had an insight into that in their last outing against England. He referred to the Wallabies’ 21-20 loss in Sydney in June.
Meanwhile Wales defense coach Shaun Edwards promised that the hosts would “have a crack” against Australia even though they are set to be without four first-choice players in backs namely Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies, as well as back-row Ryan Jones.
Edwards said: “They are coached by one of the best coaches of all time, and they are an incredibly difficult team to defend against. But we are up for the challenge. We are very determined to restore what happened the last time we clashed with them and to repeat what happened the time before.”