Fresh Wallabies set to return

Date published: November 22 2016

Australia head coach Michael Cheika is expecting his returning players to be full of energy when they take on Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

Cheika left Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau, Michael Hooper, Reece Hodge and Sekope Kepu out of his matchday 23 that edged France in Paris.

While admitting the quintet weren’t resting completely, the head coach was confident that he made the right call in handing them a weekend off.

“I wouldn’t say they had a week off deluxe,” Cheika told ahead of a mouth-watering showdown with the Irish at the Aviva Stadium.

“They didn’t have the feet up at the hotel relaxing. However many there was, only a handful, they had some time off and some time working and training.

“If I asked ‘Hoops’ to play, I’m sure he would’ve been straight up there or if he was selected to play he certainly wouldn’t have been saying “I’m tired”.

“It’s just a choice we made and they’ll have to get themselves back into training with the team quick smart. They trained Thursday with the team last week, and back into the swing of it quick smart to get ready for this weekend.”