18 Nov 2010

Deans defends value of midweek tour games

6:22 am on 18 November 2010

The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has defended the value of midweek tour games despite his second-string side's 15-6 loss yesterday to the powerful Irish province Munster.

The Wallabies couldn't cope with the atrocious conditions in Limerick, and Munster have now beaten them in their last four meetings dating back to 1967.

Robbie Deans believes the experience was invaluable to the team's build-up to next years Rugby World Cup which is why he opted to play the English champions Leicester, and essentially the Irish champions, which he says is the closest thing to World Cup rugby they can get.

But Deans admitted yesterday's game did little to help him sort out his team to play Italy this weekend in Florence.