‘Adversity makes Australia stronger’

Date published: November 7 2014

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes the Wallabies are actually better off for their recent upheaval off the pitch.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes the Wallabies are actually better off for their recent upheaval off the pitch.

Saturday’s match will be Gatland’s counterpart Michael Cheika’s first Test in charge of the Wallabies since Ewen McKenzie resigned last month, following their fall-out from the Kurtley Beale text picture scandal.

Needless to say, Cheika’s record with Leinster and the Waratahs was not lost on Gatland, who also played down McKenzie’s resignation as a disruption.

“A lot of people have been talking about what’s happened with Kurtley Beale and those sort of things and does that make them more vulnerable?” said Gatland.

“With Australians, it makes them stronger.

“They thrive on any adversity and any criticism, and we are expecting a really tough game on Saturday.

“I have got a massive amount of respect for what Michael (Cheika) has achieved.

“What he did with Leinster was incredibly impressive, and what he has done with New South Wales, he has turned them around in a pretty short time.

“I think by his own admission, it is going to take a little bit of time, but having watched him and seen him operate, it won’t be that long.

“In ten months’ time, when they turn up for the World Cup, I think they will be a real outfit to contend with.”

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