Cheika chasing Grand Slam

Date published: October 31 2016

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has encouraged his players to 'think big' as they attempt to complete a first Grand Slam tour of Europe since 1984.

The game in the Welsh capital on Saturday will launch the Wallabies' bold bid to win five Tests in five weeks, and they will be attempting to make it 12 wins in a row over their hosts.

It all adds up to another intense and close battle, in the first contest between both sides since Australia's 15-6 win in the Rugby World Cup group stage last year.

"I think that it's very important for players to have dreams of achieving the bigger picture items. I really do, I believe that's important," Cheika told the official WRU website.

"If you don't have those dreams inside of you, then what are you doing it for? But the reality is that in a series like this, and a tour like this, it's only the next day that counts.

"That's in the background, but that will only come to fruition when we're excellent every day and our players are learning. The team will be changing its components, not its identity, over this year and the next – the identity will always stay the same.

"Those guys will learn how to live that identity and play that style of rugby and then after 2018, we'll start consolidating ourselves into a group that we think is going to take the team forward from there.

"We're looking to win Test matches, too, and make our country proud when we play the game. It's a super-interesting balancing act of trying to do both, but we're quite enjoying that challenge."