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NZ showed Wallabies how to win Bledisloe

By David Beniuk and Justin Chadwick 17/07/2008 08:22:09 AM Comments (0)

Wallabies star Lote Tuqiri says South Africa's Tri-Nations win over New Zealand last weekend has made him more confident that Australia can regain the Bledisloe Cup.

The Springboks proved their Rugby World Cup win was no fluke with a thrilling 30-28 win over the All Blacks in Dunedin, their first victory in New Zealand in a decade.

Tuqiri said the result made him believe he could achieve his goal of being part of a Bledisloe Cup-winning Wallabies side.

"I really haven't seen a lot of teams win over in New Zealand and it's quite refreshing to see that it can be done," he said.

"Not to say I didn't believe it could be done because we've had a few chances over there ourselves and haven't really played for the 80 and got done in the last 10 or 15.

"I've never held the Bledisloe Cup either.

"So I've been here for a while and there's certainly a lot of things for me to achieve in rugby yet."

Australia open their Tri-Nations campaign against the Springboks at Subiaco on Saturday and coach Robbie Deans on Wednesday named a side big on experience for the Wallabies' sternest test since he took the reins in June.

Lock Nathan Sharpe (groin), winger Lote Tuqiri (knee) and No.8 Wycliff Palu (neck) all return from injury to take their place in the starting XV while George Smith has been given the nod ahead of Phil Waugh at openside flanker.

"Experience is always valuable," Deans said.

"This is our first Tri-Nations Test and we are conscious of the fact it's going to be a step up from what we've encountered to date.

"When you get into that sort of circumstance, to have as many blokes around you that have got some kilometres on the clock is valuable."

South Africa will name their side on Thursday.

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