England v Australia: We won’t get bogged down by France loss – Deans
England v Australia: Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans says his side won't dwell on their 33-6 loss to France last weekend
Robbie Deans insists Australia won’t dwell on the negatives from their loss to France after the Wallabies head coach made four changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s clash against England.
Full-back Berrick Barnes and winger Digby Ioane return to the backline, in the places of Mike Harris and Pat McCabe, while second rower Sitaleki Timani and tighthead prop Ben Alexander also resume, taking over from Kane Douglas and Sekope Kepu respectively.
After starting last weekend’s 33-6 defeat by France, Harris and Kepu have been named among Australia’s eight reserves, while McCabe and Douglas are both injured for the Twickenham Test.
While admitting Australia need to get their autumn international campaign back on track against England, Deans says the Wallabies will not get bogged down by the baggage of their performance against France.
“The key focus has been to take the meaning from it, and put that learning into practice for this week, both through our preparation and then onto the game itself,” Deans says.
“There aren’t too many challenges in Test rugby that are greater than playing England at Twickenham. We are playing an England side that has been building up under its new leadership, and will see Saturday as the chance to lay down a marker for the future.
“They will be excited by the opportunities they saw out of our performance last weekend.
“But it goes both ways. Saturday is a significant opportunity for us as a group as well. It’s going to be a great occasion, and one that the whole group is looking forward to.”
Australia team to face England: Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs); Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds), Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds), Nick Cummins (Western Force); Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels); Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Nathan Sharpe (Western Force, captain), Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs), Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs), Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs).
Replacements: Stephen Moore (Brumbies), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), Radike Samo (Queensland Reds), Liam Gill (Queensland Reds), Brett Sheehan (Western Force), Mike Harris (Queensland Reds), Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs).