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Australia ready to face Italy in Rugby World Cup: coach


14:22, September 06, 2011

CANBERRA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Australia national rugby union team, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans on Monday said the team was ready for the challenge, and they will not be treating Italy lightly in their Rugby World Cup opener.

He said all 30 players are fit and available for selection for the clash in Auckland of New Zealand on Sunday.

He suggested the Wallabies will field their strongest line-up, which may mean a recall for winger James O'Connor following his one-match team suspension.

Deans said Sunday' s match is a challenge that the team is really looking forward to, adding that it is a great opportunity for Wallabies to show the progress they have made.

"They will have some plans, they will be lying in wait and they will throw everything into this first one," Deans told ABC Sports on Monday.

"They will be expecting us to be vulnerable as well, just the fact that we won our last outing makes us potentially vulnerable if we don't get our heads around it, that what we are going into is different."

Meanwhile, recently-appointed Wallabies captain James Horwill said his troops have the potential to work well in the World Cup.

"I think the group we've got definitely has the ability to get the result we want, but we can't think too far ahead. We're worried about Italy this weekend," Horwill said.


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