Wallaby issues doesn’t concern McCaw

Date published: October 17 2014

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is not interested in the turmoil in the Wallaby camp ahead of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is not interested in the turmoil in the Wallaby camp ahead of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.
The opde said what is of a greater concern to him is how his side’s will respond after a rare defeat suffered to the Springboks in Johannesburg a fortnight ago.

Australia’s preparations have been overshadowed by the row over utility back Kurtley Beale’s text messages to the side’s former business manager but McCaw said the All Blacks were determined to return to the victory trail.

“To be honest, from my point of view, it hasn’t really entered into what we’re doing,” he told reporters in Brisbane after the captain’s run.

“We’re playing the Wallabies and when you are an All Black coming off a loss, it hardens your resolve to play well.

“And all that extra talk is not going to help us or hinder us in any way, I just hope we have a good performance tomorrow night.

“A big part of this week has been focusing on what we need to get right and brushing up on the things we didn’t get right last time out.”

The All Blacks’ loss to the Springboks ended a 22-match unbeaten run but McCaw feels the world champions can bounce back immediately.

“What we didn’t get right two weeks ago was we gave them too much ball, turned it over too easily with poor skill execution,” he added.

“Against good teams like the Africans and the Wallabies, they’ve got good enough players to make you pay. So we’ve got to make sure we don’t let that happen.

“We were down three tries to one at halftime and it’s a tough old road back when you give a good team those chances.”

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