Paul Roos secret Oz weapon?

2012-09-06 07:56
Cape Town - An Australian Rules football coach by the name of Paul Roos may be the Wallabies' secret weapon in their Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks in Perth.

Roos - who has no relation to the former Bok captain Paul Roos or the school in Stellenbosch - is a former coach of the Sydney Swans football team.

According to, Australia are bracing themselves for an aerial bombardment against the Springboks. And after a few sessions with Roos the Wallaby backline is confident it can stand up to the challenge. Roos, who guided the Swans to the AFL premiership in 2005, passed on some crucial technical tips on how best to deal with high kicks.

Australian centre Berrick Barnes said Roos had given them a different perspective from that traditionally used in rugby circles.

"Roos was great in teaching us some subtleties on catching the pill," Barnes said.

"Just sort of technical stuff. Kick the knee up, staying straight, attack the ball.

"Just giving us a touching on what the AFL boys were doing."

The Boks, especially their flyhalf Morné Steyn, are renowned for testing the opposition with high kicks.

So will Australia's own Paul Roos be their secret weapon come Saturday? Only time will tell...

The game at the Patersons Stadium kicks off at 12:35 (SA time) on Saturday.


15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (captain), 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Anthony Fainga'a

South Africa:
15. Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo

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