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Waratahs win to inspire Wallabies

04th August 2014 10:22


Adam Ashley Cooper of the Waratahs dives to score a try v Crusaders

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Australia centre Adam Ashley-Cooper has called on the Wallabies to take inspiration from Super Rugby champions the Waratahs as they look to end a three-year barren run against New Zealand.

The Wallabies have not beaten New Zealand since 2011, however that success coincided with the Reds winning the Super Rugby title, the last Australian side to do so before the Waratahs' victory over the Crusaders on Saturday.

Ashley-Cooper was the catalyst for the Waratahs' win, scoring two tries and being named man of the match in the 33-32 success in Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

He is almost certain to start in the first Bledisloe clash at the same ground in a fortnight, however it remains to be seen whether that will be at outside centre, where he performed so impressively at the weekend, or on the wing, where Ewen McKenzie has tended to employ him since becoming coach.

And after impressive campaigns, not only from the Waratahs, but also from semi-finalists the Brumbies and surprise playoff contenders the Force, Ashley-Cooper believes Australia are in good shape ahead of the Rugby Championship.

"We had a pretty successful year with the Wallabies post the Reds championship and I'd like to think we could do something similar with the Wallabies this year off the back of what the Waratahs have achieved this year,'' he said.

''I think across the board a lot of the Australian teams have done extremely well this year and it's probably been our best year to date from an Australian rugby perspective. And off the back of that you look at form, and we're sitting nicely.

''But then to respect the All Blacks, they are the best team in the world, and we've got a huge challenge ahead of us.''

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