Rugby Championship

Oz: We'll shrug off Jake issue

2013-09-27 07:44
Ewen McKenzie (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is confident that Jake White's resignation as Brumbies coach won't have a negative influence on his players as they prepare to tackle the Springboks at Newlands on Saturday.

White shocked the Australian rugby fraternity when he quit his role as Brumbies coach on Wednesday.

The former Springbok coach requested a release from the last two years of his contract at the Brumbies, citing disappointment over missing out on the position as Wallabies coach to Ewen McKenzie.

White is expected to be named as Director of Coaching at the Sharks.

The Brumbies players part of Saturday's Wallaby squad include Stephen Moore (hooker), Ben Alexander (prop), Scott Fardy (flank), Ben Mowen (No 8), Nic White (scrumhalf), Joe Tomane (wing), Christian Lealiifano and Tevita Kuridrani (centres), and Matt Toomua (reserve flyhalf).

But McKenzie is confident it won't have any adverse effect on their preparations for the Test.

"The players are well aware of what's happening and therefore can put it aside quite easily. I don't think it will have a negative impact on their focus," McKenzie told Die Burger's website.

Kick-off at Newlands is at 17:00 on Saturday.

Teams:

South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

Australia:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia

 

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