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White hits out at Deans' camp
Jake White (Gallo Images)
Canberra - Brumbies coach Jake White, the Reds’ Ewen McKenzie and Waratahs chief Michael Cheika have criticised Wallaby coach Robbie Deans for his scheduled three-week camp before Australia’s three-Test series against The British and Irish Lions.
The Brumbies are scheduled to meet the Melbourne Rebels in Canberra 15 days before the first Test against the Lions on June 7, while the Waratahs meet the Force in Perth and the Reds host the Lions on the same weekend.
According to the British and Irish Lions' official website
, White was reluctant to lose the likes of David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander and Pat McCabe for vital Super Rugby games at the business end of the competition.
“Last year in the last round our whole season changed, so I find it highly unlikely that in the last rounds this year that the expectations from anybody would not be to play your best teams,” said White.
“We're all happy to help, but it's making sure everyone wins. We can't have this situation - we can't afford to lose four guys or five guys.”
The Brumbies released eight players earlier this month for Robbie Deans’ 49-man Wallaby planning camp.
White said he was happy to rest players for the Lions tour fixtures and releasing players for Wallaby duty on Lions dates, but felt he should be free to pick a full strength team for Super Rugby fixtures.