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New faces to get chance for Wallabies

Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika won’t alter plans to give fresh faces an opportunity against Ireland despite suffering the first loss of his tenure against France.

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Cheika last week signalled his intention to make changes for Saturday’s Test in Dublin that would allow him to cast an eye over some players overlooked in recent weeks.

The error-ridden 29-26 loss to France in Paris showed the Wallabies are still coming to grips with Cheika’s new style but the need for more practice won’t put him off assessing other players.

“Tonight won’t change that idea, that’s pretty straight forward for me,” Cheika said.

“I’ve got a clear plans as to what we want to get out (of the Europe tour) around seeing different players playing.

“That’s not rotation, that’s giving players the opportunity to play in the new system and get used to that and see how they perform, so there’ll be a few changes, yeah.”

Centre Matt Toomua and winger Henry Speight are among players who could get their chance after missing selection for the Tests against Wales and France.

Cheika will also have the services of controversial playmaker Kurtley Beale, who was joining the squad in Dublin on Sunday along with young backrower Jake Schatz.

Beale was recalled on Friday, a month after the text messaging scandal which rocked Australian rugby, and Wallabies players insist his return will be a boost rather than a distraction.

“It’ll be great to see him come back into the side,” said Wallabies No.8 Ben McCalman, who earned the Wallabies players’ player award against France.

“I get along with him great, so do all the boys.

“He’s very energetic in training and in the way he plays so it’ll be great to have him involved in the next couple of weeks.”

Australian players insist they’re making steady progress under Cheika, feeling the loss to France was down to silly errors rather than struggling with the new game plan.

“The times we did play that power game, we were on top,” McCalman said.

“We just released that pressure too easily.”

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