Depleted Australia ‘Not Getting Caught Up In History’ Against England

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The Wallabies’ squad, which has arrived in London for the week, has a distinct personality. The names on the team sheet aren’t the problem. The team’s spine – James Slipper, Michael Hooper, Nic White, James O’Connor, Kurtley Beale – is all familiar, and the squad’s lone uncapped player, Ollie Hoskins, has spent the last five years playing for London Irish. It’s not the way they’re talking about the game; it’s the way they’re talking about it. The side of Dave Rennie isn’t as abrasive as Michael Cheika’s. There isn’t a needle to be found. Perhaps they’re putting it off until Saturday.

The “200 years” of antagonism between the two countries don’t worry Rennie. The Wallabies have played three Tests against France, three Tests against the All Blacks, two Tests against South Africa, and one-off matches against Japan and Scotland.

He doesn’t see this as being a bigger Test than most of those. “Some of the guys who have been in the mix for a long time have talked about it, but we’re not getting caught up in history,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us, we’re going to play a really, really strong England side at Twickenham and we’re going to throw everything at them.”

source : guardian sport

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