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    Wallabies tension not a bad thing: Deans

    October 13, 2009 - 5:05PM

    Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has shelved his Mr Nice-Guy persona and is intent on pushing his underperforming players out of their comfort zone in search of success.
    Deans last week made the unusual move of pitting 43-squad hopefuls against each other in an internal trial match - challenging them to play for a place on the end of season tour.
    He then announced a new leadership group, appointing Rocky Elsom captain, overlooking flyhalf Matt Giteau as his deputy and instead choosing the younger and less experienced Berrick Barnes.
    Not one for cliched terms, Deans states he wants to see his players "take ownership for the collective performance" in a Test match.
    In simple terms, he wants to see a full 80 minutes of team work.
    No man is bigger than the team, no one had a pre-booked ticket to Tokyo, the gloves are off and all jerseys are up for grabs.
    Deans has shown he values youth, unabashed passion and commitment, naming seven uncapped players in his 35-man squad while choosing to leave seasoned veterans Phil Waugh and Al Baxter at home.
    Reports of Wallabies feeling added tension as they went into camp on Tuesday brought a near smile to Deans's face.
    "I hope there is some (tension) because there's going to be, in terms of the challenge that we're going in to," Deans said.
    "There's dynamics, there's chemistry, there's emotion and that's just par for the course and the reality for us is that we can't stay in our current comfort zone, so to speak, and also achieve (success).
    "We're all going to be tested and we're all going to be taken outside our comfort zone over the next month. It's going to be great.
    "The good thing now is that we're getting leadership across the group ... and that's what we're chasing, that's what we're seeking, everyone to take ownership of the collective performance.
    "The critical thing was we're all in this together and it's not about leadership pertaining to a few, it's about what we all do and what we all bring to the table."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Get up them Dingo, they all need a good hard look in the mirror before agreeing to get on the jet.
    thats the problem burgs, they spend to long looking in the mirror fixing their hair!

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    executive order - buzz cuts all round. Gits has taken the lead on this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post

    overlooking flyhalf Matt Giteau as his deputy and instead choosing the younger and less experienced Berrick Barnes.
    why does every article about the tour have something like this in it?

    who gives a shit if gits was overlooked? he's too spoilt and precious to have earnt the captaincy. are the journos trying to instigate something within the camp themselves?

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    you answered your own question there Jono

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    It would have been interesting if the players themselves got to vote for the new captain and vice-captain....that might have upset gits even more.Not sure that he is as popular as he thinks.
    From what I've heard of barnes he organises his backs well for the reds and as for Rocky well, hes a bit more intimidating than stirlo and less likely to put up with any crap.

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    Should the players have a say on who they would like as their captain?

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    I think a restructure of the Wallaby players match payments is in order. I cant believe that they get paid x amount win lose or draw.

    It should be win XXXX - lose XX and draw XXX. Then we will see some prima donas actually playing for the jersey

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    Win for xxxx? Ahh...just like the old days.

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    I suppose the porn afictionnados would play for the draw then?

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