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Deans content with WC draw

 Dec 04,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes his side will do well at the 2015 Rugby World Cup despite being drawn in the 'pool of death' with England and Wales.

Deans said although he knows his side face tough assignments against two of the northern hemisphere giants there is no point in complaining.

"There will be a lot of comment on our pool without a doubt, based on history, historical strengths and that England are the host nation with Wales in many ways being the second host nation," he told Fairfax Media.

"It is going to create a lot of interest, but they are all tough pools. It doesn't matter what pool you're in, it's a tough pool and that's the one thing that has become very clear with the World Cup now.

"There was a lot of comment about there being 20 teams and the suggestions that it was too many because some weren't competitive. There are no suggestions about that now; they're all competitive.

"To win the World Cup, ultimately you've got to play and beat the best."

Deans' young squad reached the semi-finals at last year's World Cup in New Zealand and he is optimistic that they will be at their their peak by 2015.

"I obviously hope so and there is no doubt that they will be a lot more experienced," he said.

"I understand we were the youngest side and the Welsh were the second-youngest at the most recent World Cup.

"The profile of both groups was similar - the English are also replenishing their group - but for the guys who've experienced one World Cup, they'll be better for it.

"We have got the Lions series coming and they'll be better for that as well; there is no reason why they can't be in good shape come the World Cup."

 

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