Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

WORD OF WARNING; Wallabies Face Test of Faith

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

WORD OF WARNING; Wallabies Face Test of Faith

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AUSTRALIA'S players have to talk the talk.

If they do, they can definitely walk the walk against what will be a strong Ireland team in the three-match Test series starting in Brisbane tonight.

The Wallabies are more than capable of upstaging the tourists but first they have to believe they can do it.

Where it starts for me is how they talk. The players have to speak confidently because if they don't, it is a sure sign they don't believe.

It is, however, not going to be easy. Ireland won the grand slam in the Six Nations and are the No.2 side in the world.

Leinster also did the double - winning the European Champions Cup and the Pro 14 league title - and their players will have a huge presence in the Irish squad.

But I am confident the Wallabies will prevail.

I would love it to be 3-0 but even a 2-1 series win would be great against what will be a fired-up Irish team.

Australia has had some tight games against Ireland and this series shapes as another really tough ask for the Wallabies but I think we are in a pretty good position this year.

Previously a lot of people have asked 'where do you see this guy?' or 'will this guy make it'?

This is the first time in many years that it's more of a case of who do the selectors leave out rather than who do they put in.

At some stages in recent years we have almost been searching for people to fill jerseys as opposed to leaving in-form players out because we have so many options.

We are definitely in a good position with our depth and I think now the players are in Michael Cheika's camp, he will have them on the same page and working well together.

The performances of the Australian Super Rugby teams should also provide the Wallabies players with a confidence boost.

The Reds had a couple of good wins early and the Rebels and Brumbies have done well at times.

The Waratahs have also shown with their recent performances that there is an upturn in Australian rugby.

All four of the Australian franchises are on the improve, it's just small moments in their games that are proving costly. …

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