Wallabies to play for honour – Phipps

Date published: September 3 2014

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Australia are determined to win back their “honour” when they take on South Africa in Perth on Saturday.

Australia are determined to win back their “honour” when they take on South Africa in Perth on Saturday.

That is the word from Wallabies scrum-half Nick Phipps who said his side want to bounce back after their 51-20 defeat to New Zealand in Auckland two weeks ago.

“There has been a pretty big focus at the start of this week just to shrug it off, and get that energy back up,” he told Rugby Heaven.

“There have been a lot of blokes pumping up at training and having a laugh, and forgetting about [the second Bledisloe Test], that's in the past.

“Now we have a massive challenge this week and it's exciting.

“Looking forward, no one is depressed. No one is sitting on their hands. We are pumped to get back into it and regain a bit of honour, and a bit of faith.”

Phipps will make his first start for the Wallabies since 2012 and the 25-year-old Waratahs stalwart said it was worth the wait.

“I guess this is a lot different to some of the other starts I have had before,” he added.

“They were off the back of a few injuries and a few lean opportunities, and being able to completely earn it is very relieving.

“I am a completely different player now to what I was four years ago, so being able to have this opportunity in the mental state that not only myself but that the team has got is quite a good opportunity.”

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