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Final run for Wallabies

David Beniuk 29/10/2010 05:34:08 AM Comments (0)

The Wallabies will have their first run at Hong Kong Stadium on Friday when they complete their final training session for the fourth Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand.

The Australian side were last in Hong Kong in 2008, when they went down 19-14 to the All Blacks with the Asian fixture moving to Tokyo last year.

Coach Robbie Deans named a side with 13 survivors from the 2008 Test, a figure he said illustrated the progress the Wallabies have made since then.

"We've come a long way since then in terms of the group," Deans said.

"I noticed we have a number of blokes who played in 2008 which is a circumstance we haven't experienced for a while in terms of continuity in the group.

"Certainly it shows that some of the opportunity and exposure that players have had over time is now starting to come around.

"You look at the backline for example. We've been able to name a consistent starting line-up, consistent with a number of other occasions this year, which is something we haven't been able to do a lot of at any point."

Saturday's Test could be the last in Asia for some time with the World Cup taking the place of a spring tour next year and Argentina likely to join a Four Nations southern hemisphere tournament in 2012.

Ticket sales have been steady if not spectacular with upwards of 25,000 fans expected in the 38,000-seat venue.

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