Wallabies learn from losing to All Blacks :Deans

Having lost their last ten straight Wallaby fans might not agree but coach Robbie Deans says the more Australia plays New Zealand the better it will be for his developing team.


The Wallabies have worked their way up to second place on the world rankings and start a seven match end of year tour in Hong Kong hoping to beat the All Blacks and bring an end to their losing streak.


New Zealander Robbie Deans coached the Wallabies to victory over the All Blacks in his first match against his country of birth in 2008 but the All Blacks have won every subsequent encounter.


“It’s great to have them again, we have them every second week essentially,” Deans joked.


“But that’s good for us. They are the top-ranked side in the world and that’s what we aspire to.”


“So the more often we play them, the better it will be for us.” he told AAP.


After the All Blacks the Wallabies have matches against Wales who are ranked ninth, England (6th), Italy (11th) and France (4th) and Captain Rocky Elsom is wary of the Wallabies other opponents as well.


“We have New Zealand first up and that’s what we’re focusing on and I guess when you look further into the tour there’s some good sides there,” Elsom said.


“Wales play a great style of rugby, England are on the improve, France are probably the best team in Europe at the moment and we’ve never cruised through against Italy in Italy.


“There’s a fair amount of competition for us.”


The Wallabies lost their last test against the All Blacks arguably due to Matt Giteau’s kicking and Deans is building up a stable of back up goalkickers such as Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper, Berrick Barnes and James O’Connor.


“If it’s the first bloke picked, you just do it on a straight percentage basis and it will be Matt Giteau,” Deans said.


“But there’s many things you consider, obviously that is an important priority.


“Hence we’ve got not only Gits working hard at it, but a large number of kickers.


“That’s one of the things that’s really come out of the last few months is we are starting to build a stable of kickers.”


The Wallabies were missing almost a dozen of their stars in the TriNations due to injury and the currently squad has seven uncapped players and several Test rookies, but Elsom is happy with the blend of youth and experience.


“We’ve got some young guys, but they’ve had experience at top level.”


“I think a lot of the guys playing through the Tri-Nations will be invaluable for us, so I think that’s one of the positives going into this tour,” Elsom said.

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