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Wallabies go in search of clean sweep
Following their hard-fought win over France in Paris, Australia now have their sights set on a rare European feat.
If Australia manage to overcome Wales in Cardiff, they will become the first Wallabies side since 1996 to win four consecutive European Tests.
Scrumhalf Luke Burgess says his side will need to be on top of their game if they are to see off the challange of the Six Nations champions.
“I watched the Wales vs France Six Nations game. They’re [Wales] super tough and really skillful,” Burgess said.
“They’ve got a big scrumhalf who throws very flat long passes and their forwards are really good. They seem to be very composed around their breakdowns and they just win ball after ball, ruck ball after ruck ball and they’re going to be very tough.
“I think it will be another game with a lot of tactical kicking, a lot field position. Yeah, it’s going to be tough.”
ARU rejects hybrid Test rumours
The Australian rugby union have quashed talk of a cross-code match between the Wallabies and the Kangaroos.
A report in the Daily Telegraph claimed a game to be played under hybrid rules had been set for an October date at ANZ Stadium but both the ARU and Australian Rugby League (ARL) have rejected the suggestions.
“The Australian Rugby Union has no interest in a promoter’s plan to stage a Wallabies v Kangaroos match under hybrid laws in Sydney next October,” the ARU said in an official statement.
“The ARU has not been approached with the idea and has no intention of altering the existing 2009 program to entertain the proposal as floated in the media this morning.”
“In any case, it is not the sort of venture that would require a middle man. We will have nothing further to say on the matter.”
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