Pool C latest – Deans shrugs off Mallett jab

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Deans shrugs off Mallett jab – Australia coach Robbie Deans refused to be drawn into a war of words with Italy coach Nick Mallett.

On Saturday Mallett said that his team are more focused on winning against Ireland than against the Wallabies in Auckland on Sunday. Asked about that assertion, Deans said: ‘Nick’s a master of pre-match mind games. He said something similar, probably even more provocative, over in Italy last year [year-end tour] and the encounter was anything but that.

‘We’re not presuming anything. Critically it’s the start to the tournament and the nature of tournament play is ‘you do or you die’. That’s what we’ve got in front of us tomorrow.’