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Cooper to hide on wing – The Wallabies will play Digby Ioane at flyhalf and Quade Cooper on the wing when the team lines up on defence this weekend.
The Reds employed a similar tactic during the Super Rugby tournament, playing Cooper at wing or fullback where his weak tackling would be less exposed. The Wallabies have already adopted a similar strategy in the Tri-Nations, moving Ioane to the flyhalf defensive channel during the Test in Sydney, and will persist with this strategy when they tackle the All Blacks.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Ioane has been training in the position all week in anticipation of a massive All Blacks onslaught. Aside from the powerful All Blacks’ loose forwards, Ioane will also have to keep an eye on the 10-12 combination of Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams.
The Wallabies believe this strategy has multiple benefits, as having Cooper back gives them more options on the counter-attack should the All Blacks choose to kick.