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The 2008 Wallabies

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THE 2008 WALLABIES
The Wallabies are coached by former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans. Their Tri-Nations squad for the series against the All Blacks and the Springboks is:

AUSTRALIA
Backs: Cameron Shepherd, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lote Tuqiri, Peter Hynes, Lachie Turner, Digby Ioane, Stirling Mortlock (captain), Ryan Cross, Berrick Barnes, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Sam Cordingley, Brett Sheehan
Forwards: Wycliff Palu, Stephen Hoiles, Richard Brown, George Smith, Phil Waugh, Rocky Elsom, Mark Chisholm, Dean Mumm, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Ben Alexander, Benn Robinson, Matt Dunning, Stephen Moore, Adam Freier, Tatafu Polota-Nau

The Australian Wallabies during the team training session in Brisbane, Friday, July 4, 2008. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

KEY PLAYERS FOR THE WALLABIES
Coach, Robbie Deans
Adds huge fascination to the Tri-Nations. Can New Zealand’s premier domestic coach end the Wallabies’ seven-year drought?
Captain, Stirling Mortlock
Getting on in years but still a massive presence on defence and leadership. Maturing into Australia’s Tana Umaga?
Flanker, George Smith
Just gets better and better and is the glue in a balanced loose trio. Without McCaw, no team can match Smith for ball-snaffling.

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