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Deans seeks redemption for Wallabies

Australia coach Robbie Deans insists redemption is the key objective in Saturday's Cook Cup clash with England.

The Wallabies finished second in the Rugby Championship but arrived at Twickenham on the back of a 33-6 defeat by France in Paris. A roller-coaster season has seen Deans come under heavy criticism, not least from former great David Campese who accused him of "destroying Australian rugby".

"We want to feel a lot better about ourselves when we walk off the park. There are a number of things we must do to do that," Deans said.

"It was a tired effort against France. We've got to have more energy. If we stand and watch the result will be similar."

Campese branded Australia's failure to score a try in 177 minutes of rugby as "frightening" and "disgusting", but Deans insists they have enjoyed their moments this season.

"If you're going on our game against France absolutely I understand the criticism of the way we're playing," he said "But we've also played some unprecedented rugby in the last couple of years.

"It's great that people are passionate about the game and in particular the Wallaby jersey."

A distinguished former Wallaby - not Campese - will present the jerseys before Saturday's match with Deans retaining a hard-nosed approach to the most troubled period of his four-year reign.

"I got Campo to do it in 2008 in Durban. And I would love to have him back by the way," he said. "You may not believe me but if you are winning every game or losing every game the job is not dissimilar.

"They are just different challenges. The priorities remain the same and that's what's important to the team."


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