Deans says Wallabies won’t take Scotland lightly

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says that he is expecting Scotland to give Australia a stiff test when the team’s meet in Newcastle in June.

Deans said that Scotland are one of those sides in International Rugby that can never be written off.

“While Scotland is coming off a disappointing Six Nations, they are a team that has traditionally punched above their weight internationally, especially when under-rated, ” the Wallabies coach says.

“We experienced that three years ago in Edinburgh (Australia lost 8-9) and will not be taking for granted the threat that they pose. “

Deans has a long association with Scottish Rugby which stretches back to 1983, when he made his All Black Test debut against the Scots, in a tight game which finished in a 25-25 draw.

Three years ago, as Wallabies coach, he saw his Australian side beaten 8-9 at Murrayfield in a match which won for Scotland the Hopetoun Cup for the first time.

That trophy will be on the line again next month, as Hunter Stadium in Newcastle becomes just the seventh venue in Australia to host a Wallabies Test match.

“It’s going to be great to be playing a Test at home again after having limited opportunities last year (due to the impact of the Rugby World Cup),’ Deans says.

“It’s also exciting to be playing at a new venue – in Newcastle, where the Wallabies haven’t appeared before. I’ve spent a bit of time in the city this year, am heading up there again this morning, and the excitement of the local community to be hosting this match is clear. “

There have been 10 Tests on the previous six visits, with Australia winning nine and Scotland one. This tally includes the quarter-final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup which Australia won 33-16 in Brisbane.

Scotland’s win occurred in the first Test of the 1982 series, with a 12-7 result in Brisbane.

Next month’s visit is the seventh by the Scottish national team to Australia.

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