Deans lauds feisty attitude

Robbie Deans believes the altercation between James O’Connor and Phil Waugh at training is a good sign ahead of next week’s Test.

The youngster and the veteran flanker were reportedly separated by team-mates on Thursday after an intense training session. No punches were thrown, and O’Connor told the media it was just an indicator of how competitive the individual Wallabies’ squad members are.

‘Our approach is, we’ve got to bring a bit more mongrel to the game and step up our physicality. That’s what we brought to training on Thursday and it was pretty intense,’ O’Connor said.

Some publications have gone big with the story, citing it as a clear example of a team in strife. The Wallabies coach, however, was encouraged by the attitude displayed as he believes it’s exactly the kind of attitude needed to beat the All Blacks.

‘The fact it’s a bit testy at training’s not a bad thing, because it’ll be no holds barred come game time,’ Deans said.

The good news for the Wallabies is that blindside Rocky Elsom completed his first full training session. Flyhalf Matt Giteau has overcome his leg injury and is expected to play next week while lock Mark Chisholm is now also available for selection.