Wallabies forgive Koroibete for faux pas

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All is seemingly forgiven with the Wallabies set to welcome back sinning superstar Marika Koroibete for Saturday's do-or-die Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks in Auckland.

Dropped alongside forwards Isi Naisarani and Pone Fa'amausili for a late-night drinking session, Koroibete is likely to be rushed straight back into Australia's starting line-up with trans-Tasman bragging rights for another year on the line.

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Andrew Kellaway impressed on his Wallabies run-on debut in last Saturday's 33-25 defeat.

But with the Wallabies down 1-0 in the series and needing to win the remaining two Tests to avoid the Bledisloe Cup remaining in New Zealand for an 18th consecutive year, coach Dave Rennie is tipped to recall his strike winger at Kellaway's expense.

And that's fine by Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, who said after angering teammates in the squad by breaking curfew the trio had been dealt with and served sufficient punishment.

"Guys like Marika and those other boys, they've worked hard over the past week and a bit. As a playing group, (we feel) they're good men who made poor decisions and we know that," the lock said on Tuesday.

"We've been building this culture for the best part of two years now under Dave and his guidance and we have no problem with telling each other off or poking each other in the chest.

"Marika works extremely hard and everyone knows that. I'm sure the fans know that at home, how hard he works, so you could only imagine how gutted he was.

"So for us as a playing group, we accept their apology."

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Salakaia-Loto didn't believe Koroibete, who is bound for Japan at year's end, would use his ban as any sort of spur for a big game.

"Marika, you see every game that he plays, he treats it like his last," he said.

"So if he gets the opportunity this week, he'll be exactly the same as what he's been in the past.

"He's been one of our best players that we've had."


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After a scratchy performance, the Wallabies are taking plenty of confidence out of their fast finish, however, know they need to be better against a much-improved All Blacks line-up.

“If you look at the performance on the weekend, we were close but there’s still so much room for improvement,” fullback Tom Banks believes. “We know the AB’s are going to be a lot better but for us a group, we’ve still got so much growth in us and I know it’s cliche to say but it’s that 80-minute performance.

“If we go out and take it to them, win the territory battle off the back of good defence, we put them under pressure. That’s the game plan for us and see how they react.”

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