Tri-Nations latest (Wed)

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Mitchell blow for Wallabies

Drew Mitchell will miss the Wallabies’ final Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.

The wing pulled his hamstring during the build-up of his second-half try in the Wallabies’ 41-39 win over the Springboks in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Head coach Robbie Deans has Peter Hynes, Lachie Turner, Nick Cummins and Cameron Shepherd all fit for selection to replace Mitchell in the starting line-up.

Pocock lauds McCaw

David Pocock says he admires Richie McCaw’s game.

All Blacks skipper McCaw is often labeled as a ‘cheat’ for the way he contests for and slows down opposition’s possession at the breakdown. However, Pocock believes it’s all part of his role as an openside flanker.

‘Richie has been up there for a long time,’ Pocock said. ‘He’s very smart and very good about the way he goes about his game, playing to the limits, which is what every No 7 should be doing.

‘He is smart and good at reading the play at the right time. The key is how he reads refs. A lot of people think he gets away with stuff, but it’s the way he plays right to the edge. Good on him.’

Hoodoo challenge for Wallabies

Adam Ashley-Cooper is confident the Wallabies can break their nine-match losing streak against the All Blacks after their win over the Boks last weekend.

The Wallabies’ 41-39 win in Bloemfontein was their first victory against the Boks at altitude in 47 years. Utility back Ashley Cooper believes they can now go on and break their losing record against the All Blacks.

‘That was a hoodoo that was broken after 47 years, so if we can do that I think a nine or 10-game losing streak is possible,’ Ashley-Cooper said. ‘We feel that the gap is closing between us and the Kiwis but we’ve still got a long way to go.’

Hansen loses home

Steve Hansen’s home was destroyed during the earthquake in Christchurch last Saturday.

The All Blacks assistant coach received the news from an engineer while he was at training with the team in Sydney on Monday.

‘My place has big cracks in it, six to seven feet wide and four to five feet deep,’ said Hansen. ‘You can’t imagine how strong something like that can be to shift what it shifted and do what it has done.’

Despite his loss, Hansen has decided to remain with the All Blacks in Sydney and hopes the earthquake will inspire the players as they prepare for this weekend’s Test against the Wallabies.