Robbie Deans says his Test players need to have a special resting plan during Super Rugby.
Deans’ remarks comes after the Wallabies’ major injury crisis this season. They have lost several key players to injury, including skipper David Pocock, lock James Horwill, flyhalf Quade Cooper and scrumhalf Will Genia.
This has seen Deans use 40 players in 11 Tests in 2012, the most among the Sanzar nations. The Springboks have used 38 players in 10 Tests while the All Blacks have used 33 in 10 Tests.
‘In terms of international rugby this is the first time in 11 years that I’ve encountered this sort of carnage,’ Deans told reporters in France. ‘Aside from sapping your playing resources it saps your energy because … you’ve got to reinvent the wheel and structure your game to suit the people you’ve got available.’
Ironically, it was the ARU that initiated the plans for an extended Super Rugby tournament, which is the main cause of all the injuries across the board.
The ARU has met with its Super Rugby teams with regards to the management of their respective Test players next season.
Deans believes it’s vital that an agreement is made between the two parties when it comes to resting Australia’s elite players during the year.
‘It has to happen and that’s what we’re spending a lot of time discussing at the moment,’ he said. ‘Just the fact that the Irish have won more European Cups than anywhere else and New Zealand’s won more Super Rugby titles than anyone else and those two groups are the ones that are rotating their international playing group. And it’s not just the international side, it’s the franchises that are thriving.’