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Deans wary of weakened Wales

Australia coach Robbie Deans insists his men are taking nothing for granted as they prepare to meet injury-ravaged Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

On Thursday the Wallabies boss was able to name an unchanged line-up from the matchday 22 that secured a thrilling victory over New Zealand in last weekend's breathless Bleidsloe Cup Test in Hong Kong. Wales, meanwhile, has been beset by injuries that have ruled out the likes of Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny, Ryan Jones and Jamie Roberts.

"I don't spend too much time dwelling on what the other team are doing, we spend our time dwelling on what we are doing," said Deans. "They have put together a line-up they think will work for them and they will have some plans for us."

He added: "We know they have been working hard, this game is their first outing and they will be jumping out of their skins and trying to knock us over. We are not looking beyond Saturday that is for sure."

Deans' decision to opt for the same again after victory over the All Blacks marked just the second time that the former Crusaders' coach has been able to do so since taking charge of Australia at the start of 2008.

And the 51-year-old believes that continuity of selection is vital if his side are to build on recent victories over South Africa and New Zealand.

"We have opted for continuity and the good thing about this tour is everyone will get the opportunity to wear the Wallaby jersey and we will respond to what we see the guys do," he said. "The guys who played the other day did a reasonable job and have been rewarded.

"Continuity's good but it is only good if you make it work. What it does do is assist the consistency of performance but that's only off the back of consistency of preparation.

"By having consistent faces you are able to push on rather than continually revisiting elements that need to be covered because of a lack of history.

"You are able to push on and develop what you are doing, and push the boundaries in terms of the things you want to do."


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