x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Wallabies 'on verge of greatness'

Nick Farr-Jones believes Australia are set for a golden era in rugby under the guidance of New Zealand-born coach Robbie Deans.

The Wallabies in action against South Africa.
The Wallabies in action against South Africa.

SYDNEY // Nick Farr-Jones believes Australia are on the cusp of another golden era under the guidance of New Zealand-born coach Robbie Deans. The former Australian captainfully expects the current crop to develop into a strong force and even likened them to the team of 1989-90 which he eventually led to World Cup glory in 1991. "They've got the basis of a very, very good team," he said. "And I would imagine if we're all patient and give the new coach some time, I think that there's a mix of players that could certainly go on to be a great Wallaby team in a year or two."

Despite his optimism following Australia's unexpected victory over South Africa, Farr-Jones says the Wallabies still face an uphill battle to win this year's Tri-Nations tournament. Asked to rate the Wallabies' prospects against New Zealand, he said:"It'll be tough but I'd have to say, arguably, we've got the best defensive team in the world and we all know that generally speaking 50 per cent of the game is defending," he said.

* PA Sport