Wallabies fired up for RWC

2011-09-05 12:15

Sydney - Buoyant Australia coach Robbie Deans said on Monday that he was confident his young team will go far at the Rugby World Cup, declaring the Wallabies ready and firmly up for the challenge.

Deans and his Australian team, who are one of the pre-tournament favourites, were given an official farewell in Sydney ahead of their departure for New Zealand on Tuesday morning.

Despite winning their first Tri-Nations in a decade last month, beating the All Blacks 25-20 in the tournament decider in Brisbane, Deans said that once the World Cup started all the good work counted for little.

"It's a new tournament and a new challenge. We will have to work twice as hard as we did against the Springboks and All Blacks earlier this year because they are going to be hungrier," he said.

"We'll be doing what we can and focusing on what we can control to ensure we’re there at the pointy end of the competition.

"We understand it will be a challenge but we are up for that, in fact we are ready for it."

Deans added that the team was pumped up ahead of their opening game against Pool C challengers Italy on Sunday. Ireland, Russia and the United States are also in their group.

"I think their minds are in New Zealand already, so that's good," he said.

Wallabies skipper James Horwill stressed that his side had the ability to win the tournament, but warned they could not look beyond their first game.

"I think the group we've got definitely has the ability to get the result we want, but we can't think too far ahead. We're worried about Italy this weekend," Horwill said.

"That's all we've spoken about since we have been in camp."

Horwill, one of the youngest captains at the tournament at age 26, admitted the team was youthful with Will Genia, Quade Cooper and David Pocock all 23, full-back Kurtley Beale 22 and James O'Connor just 21.

But he said it was irrelevant, given they were among the world's best players.

"I think age is just a number. It doesn't mean anything," he told reporters.

"The guys we've got are all certainly good enough to be there and some of them are the best players in their position in the world at the moment."

Just eight players in the squad were at the 2007 tournament in France, where Australia bowed out in the quarter-finals.

The Wallabies have won the World Cup twice, in 1991 and 1999, and enter the contest ranked second only to the hosts.


  • jk - 2011-09-05 12:19

    france to win w/cup by 8...

      Etienne Oosthuizen - 2011-09-05 12:38

      yet again you have lost the plot ...

      jk - 2011-09-05 12:42

      oosthuizen- again, you must be new here, please stay away...

      BOKLDN - 2011-09-05 12:45

      I think you have missed a few news feeds. Not everyone has read this yet. Might be an idea to troll a few more pages with your insightful and intelligent prediction. It really is backed up by past results, form, team selections, coach, combinations etc. I congratulate you on your genius.

      flowing river - 2011-09-05 12:57

      S A out in the first round .....8:1 anybody....!

      gooinat - 2011-09-05 13:14

      @flowing river,and your flowing river will just be a little stream!!!You my friend are an idiot!!!!!!!!!

      Netherlander - 2011-09-05 13:15

      Aus vs SA in the Final... After Boks SLAUGHTERED France in the Semi's, something like 68-3! - 2011-09-05 13:15


      theunsvw - 2011-09-05 13:59

      Heh...? Wies dit.....?

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-05 14:21

      ...All Blacks to win World Cup by 10.....

      jk - 2011-09-05 14:23

      all of you are clueless...france by JK...

      Bootman - 2011-09-05 14:24

      jk, so what if Ettienne is new here? The fact of the matter is, so are you. A few months ago (near the end of the S15) you suddenly popped up out of nowhere spewing your rubbish. There are plenty of others here, that has been around for ages that can attest to that. Seems as though daddy bought you a PC for your 16th birthday and now you think you own the WWW. You are nothing but an irritating little twat and your dumb comments are beyond boring. When you start making decent rugby comments (other than Fance by 8 and Prooooooovince) maybe people will start to tolerate you. For now you're like a "brommer at a braai", annoying.....

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-05 14:30

      I'm also new here.

      gooinat - 2011-09-05 14:36

      Hello Ace,my mate,long time no chat,how's the kids and the ex!!!!!

      Bootman - 2011-09-05 14:38

      Of course you are , Lloyd....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-05 14:41

      Hello Gooinat and Lloyd. Lloyd wtf is happening up north? Trust in your junior structures a bit more old chap....get that message through to the Bulls "brains" trust.

      gooinat - 2011-09-05 14:44

      Hey Saffa,long time no chat,work is keeping me busy and time on this site is very limited,yes Ace,WTF is happening up there,I thought a side like North Korea are clueless but jees the Bulls are worse.

      Jack Turner - 2011-09-05 14:49

      And then you woke up, and there was no coffee at all....

      jk - 2011-09-05 15:12

      dozer - please keep to rugby topics, and keep your personal life personal...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-05 15:14

      @Lloyd - I'm not sure old Pinenut should be taking all the blame for under performing players? I agree that he doesn't seem to have much 'control' over the individuals in the team (if he did, there would not be such blatant disrespect for the laws), but I reckon some of your senior players really need to take a look at themselves as well? You chaps, on paper, have some serious experience.....and that experience seems to be MIA? Which is why I would ditch a few 'so-called seniors' even for 1 game, and bring MORE of your U/21's up....there is nothing to lose, and then at least you will be blooding more youngsters for the S15 as well. Flip and Juandre Kruger need to be put in the nawty corner - I see a few problems for you chaps at lock next year...BUT - give Pinenut until the end of the season at least.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-05 15:44

      SAFFA, I agree with you on Flip and that some of the players aren't pulling their weight. On the other hand the man is disregarding 80 years of Blue Bull rugby and trying to change it into Free State rugby. The players are clearly not comfortable with it. Jk, if only I could get one of my subject to commit one last heinous act and make you a statistic, before he is permanently removed from society, I will be a happy man.

      jk - 2011-09-05 15:50

      dozer- sorry to dissapoint you broer, but the bulls will rather win something before that happens..., and please, lift your game...

      gooinat - 2011-09-05 15:51

      @Saffa,yes our squad is looking good for next years S15 and there are a lot of youngsters putting there hands up for positions,going to be intersting.Ace,shame my friend,thats one collection you don't want to lose,Uncle Steve will be dissapointed with that.You perhaps think the Bulls have already given up on the CC????

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-05 15:51

      @Lloyd - but that is where Heyneke Meyer (as senior coach/director of coaching) should step in? Ludeke is S15, and Pine is Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup. I can't see Heyneke allowing TWO styles of rugby to float around-1 for Currie Cup, 1 for S15....which means, Heyneke is possibly trying to 'evolve' the Bulls gameplan as well - through Pine (and himself obviously)? Your union (whether I like it or not) is in competent hands Lloyd - Heyneke's. So I wouldn't hang my flag half mast just yet if I were you. I do think Heyneke needs to put some faith in the junior structures though....hoekom koop hy al hierdie kinders (BV: volgende jaar het julle about 10 senters) as hy hulle nie gebruik nie. The Bulls will be back @Lloyd - and NO, that does not make me happy....

      Ken J May - 2011-09-05 18:59

      jk, are you a troll in training or are you just stupid?

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-06 03:53

      jk, you might have a point. It's a long shot, but France is the dark horse.

  • jk - 2011-09-05 12:44

    france by 8, but deans to be the coach of the w/cup...

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-05 19:33

      For some reason. I don't think France will lift the cup. AND JK is an A$%E

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-09-05 13:13

    If history is anything to go by then I'm afraid that the Ozzies are in for a bit of disappointment as no team has won both 3N and RWC in the same year, sorry.

  • W Wallace - 2011-09-05 13:17

    SA and NZ in the semi-final. Whoever wins that game will take the final...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-05 13:24

      No team has ever won a World Cup without having some serious depth in the forwards.............and a plus 86% kicker. The Wobblies have neither.

      jk - 2011-09-05 14:25

      for some reason i cannot see johan muller & chillie lifting the w/cup...

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-09-05 19:45

      yeah... if we can get past Ireland in the QF...(IF we beat Wales, and the Aussies beat Ireland...) otherwise we may run into the Aussies at QF...but i am not counting any chickens. France may play their second string side who plays like only the French can and beat the All Blacks, in which case all bets are off... just a thought - only 2 sides have ever managed to win a WC at home - and both were in their debuts...

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-06 03:56

      @Frans.visser. So why did you mention those stats? So if we go on the stat about the WC winners on their debut (forget the part about the homeground), then this is Russia's cup to take????

  • Nathan Birkett - 2011-09-05 13:44

    SA all the way

  • Coconut - 2011-09-05 14:05

    What a brilliant draw for the Aussies. Judging from the opposition in their pool it should be a walk in the park for them to proceed to the playoffs. Go Bokke Go!!!!!

  • pete.rudder - 2011-09-05 14:23

    Rob vd H - So what if no side has never done the Tri-nations and RWC in the same year? It certainly is not impossible and Oz being the form side going into the competition have every chance of taking the cup. If you think Phil Kearns is intollerable now - just wait!!

  • EmptyCan - 2011-09-05 14:54

    Seeing as though there's so much crap talk on here............Russia to beat the USA in the final. SA withdraws after game against Wales after only the Welsh front 8 run on and beats SA by 80 points.

  • Lance - 2011-09-05 15:23

    Yes, we are all fired up and have our own little dreams......In the words of Julius Ceasar 'Let the games begin !'

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-05 16:42

      Should that not read '…in the words of Julius Malema …'? Old Ceasar is long gone and our Julius like games much more than he ever did. Then. on the other hand …

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-09-05 20:22

    Yes Robbie. You should be fired up, cos you gonna get fired !!

  • OutbackJack - 2011-09-06 05:10

    Can't wait to see Horwill lift the cup. It's going to be a huge celebration here.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-06 06:29

      The five Real Rugby (rugby union) supporters will celebrate if that happens. The rest of Aus won't even know what happened.

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