No secret messages in Twickenham clash

The Rugby Championship
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by Beth Newman

The Wallabies are less than a month away from beginning their Spring Tour but coach Michael Cheika said they wouldn’t be using a Twickenham cameo to scare their European rivals.

Australia plays its first Spring Tour clash on November 5, in Cardiff, before taking on Scotland, France, Ireland and England in five consecutive weeks.

Unusually they have the chance to play in London before that end of year tour, facing Los Pumas at Twickenham on Saturday,but Cheika said even an emphatic win wouldn’t be a message for the Northern Hemisphere.

“The only way to send a message that we'll beat them is once we've beaten them,” he said.

“There's no message beforehand. The only messages come afterwards, that's after you've achieved.

“We're starting to build a strong rivalry against Argentina.

“The game in Perth, the first 15 minutes was ours and the next 65 was pretty much theirs and now this one coming up here in a different setting but also an exciting setting.


“It's an important match for us, every Test match is, but also in our story this year, the 2016 team story, this is an important stepping stone going forward.”

As for their standing in the Rugby Championship, Cheika said with New Zealand having sewn up the trophy already, their final position was irrelevant.

“Winners are winners - they're the ones that count,” he said.

“No one - I can't remember who was in the Rugby World Cup final, I only remember New Zealand won it.

“The goal is to in everything you do to win and build that habit. For us it's with a new generation of players, it's pretty clear.”

Lopeti Timani has brought some more aggression to camp. Photo: ARU Media/Stu WalmsleyAggression is an element many have grown to expect from Cheika’s teams and the inclusion of Lopeti Timani will be a boost to that against the Pumas, and Cheika has a simple message for his new starter.

“I'd like him to do what he's good at, which is run hard and tackle hard and then the rest is a bonus,” he said.

“We'll complement Lopeti with what Hooper does, what Dean Mumm does in that backrow.”

Mammoth lock Rory Arnold’s return to the starting team should add some intimidation factor, with the second rower armed with a steely resolve in his third start.

“You just can't let your nerves take over too much,” he said.

“I think that's one thing I struggled a little bit in June was the build up to the game. “

The Wallabies take on Argentina at 5:30am Sunday (AEDT), Tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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