Deans names strong team

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 16 Jul 2008 at 12:18
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Test regulars Lote Tuqiri, Wycliff Palu and Nathan Sharpe have returned to the Wallabies starting lineup when Australia named its team on Wednesday for its opening Tri-Nations rugby match against South Africa.

All three players missed Australia’s last start, a 40-10 win two weeks ago over France in Brisbane. South Africa, 1-1 in the Tri-Nations competition so far, is coming off a 30-28 win last weekend over New Zealand at Dunedin.

Tuqiri has recovered from a knee injury, Palu a shoulder complaint and Sharpe a groin injury in time for Saturday’s match.

“They’re all looking good and ready to go again,” Australia coach Robbie Deans said. “We needed to be absolutely certain that they were right, because the South Africans are going to be the most physical opponent we have played so far.”

Sharpe, captain of the domestic Western Force Super 14 side, will return into the second row. Lock Dan Vickerman was ruled unfit after being troubled by an ankle complaint.

Vickerman will play club rugby in Sydney again this weekend. Queensland Reds forward Hugh McMeniman, who was on the bench in the second French test, has retained his place in the match-day squad.

Sharpe is one of four Force players to have made the side, along with flyhalf Matt Giteau and run-on reserves Ryan Cross and Drew Mitchell.

ACT Brumbies flanker George Smith will play in his 87th test Saturday, putting him beyond the career totals of former Wallaby captain John Eales and Joe Roff, and making him the most capped forward in Australian history.

Australia and World Cup-champion South Africa have met 65 times, with South Africa winning 40, Australia 24, along with one draw.

Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock (captain), Berrick Barnes, Lote Tuqiri, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess; Benn Robinson, Stephen Moore, Al Baxter, James Horwill, Nathan Sharpe, Rocky Elsom, George Smith, Wycliff Palu. Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Matt Dunning, Hugh McMeniman, Phil Waugh, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell.


  • Pretty much what we expected… strong indeed.


  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.08 12:23:48 by blackshark Reply
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  • We should attack Berrick Barnes’ channel.

    Palu has been playing very well this season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.08 12:28:59 by wpw Reply
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  • This is going to be a very difficult match to win.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.08 12:33:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 3) : 3N games usually are … :lol:

    Schalk and his assistants :wink: have to be on top form…

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.08 13:29:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 3) : Extremely difficult.

    Made harder by the ludicrous banning of Bissie!

    Would love to see us smash them in the scrums!

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.08 13:34:50 by Villie Reply
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  • Not a bad team. We must focus on disrupting their first phase ball, without Vickerman we should be able to get in on their line-out ball and hopefully our pack will give us some more the same of last week in the scrum

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.08 14:44:08 by Sauce Reply
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  • Juan Smith owes us a big game.

    He hasn’t been as good as he normally is in a Bok jersey (ala his RWC form)

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.08 14:46:04 by wpw Reply
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  • Ha-Ha…
    The team above goes from 15-9 9-1 1-8…LoL

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.08 16:40:27 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    Been more recent than the WC though…the first game against Wales he was awesome…
    But nothing since….

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.08 16:41:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 8) : that’s the way they always used to list teams…

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.08 16:49:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pdv are extremely annoying in announcing his team at the latest possible moment. It is James Bond stuff that belongs to yesteryear.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.08 16:56:33 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Oh I have never seen that before…usually from 15-1 reserves 16-22

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.08 17:48:21 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Thats cos u are slow hmmm

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.08 21:47:52 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : not pulling any punches, wezzar! ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.08 22:00:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • We have everything to lose.
    Aussies have nothing to lose nor to prove to themselves.
    In my opinion a test much worse than the previous two against the All Blacks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.08 22:05:36 by H.O. Reply

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