Wallabies could be rested

 Jul 22,2013
Written by: Editor

New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie may give some senior Wallabies a break for the opening stages of the Rugby Championship.

As McKenzie switches focus from Super Rugby duties to the international scene, he reveals that he will be placing a big emphasis on selecting players that are at full fitness, rather than trying to get what he can out of top performers who may be struggling to hit their peak due to injuries.

Captain James Horwill, Will Genia and Wycliff Palu are some of those who may enter a period of rehabilitation rather than an intense international campaign.

"Some players have been carrying injuries for a long time," McKenzie told AAP. "The mind is always willing and the heart is willing, but the body has to be co-operating.

"We need to be mindful of that and we don't want to get into the situation where 'this bloke 70 per cent fit is better than this other bloke'.

"You have to pick players who are fit and raring to go.

"By doing that you create depth, you create competition, you create trust and all those things can add up."

With David Pocock, Scott Higginbotham, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Sitaleki Timani all sidelined by long-term injuries, this could result in a number of new faces making an appearance in the Wallaby squad.

"We're coming off a loss basically so we have to sit back and have a look," McKenzie added of the team's current standing.

"With respect to everyone out there it's good we review each position and the candidates."

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