Wallabies' Depth Tested

Former Reds and Wallabies forward Mark Connors
Former Reds and Wallabies forward Mark Connors previews this weekend's test action.

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Wallabies v France
Saturday 14/6/14 @ 20:00

With their captain (Moore) out for the year, and a spate of other injuries in the pack, the Wallabies' depth will be tested against a revamped French side. France should have their best line-up of the tour for this contest (Dusautoir, Bastareaud, Medard, Picamoles all back?) and will be gunning to win back some much needed respect after their flogging last week. The Wallabies look too good and should cover those injuries, though I expect this to be a much closer contest.

Pick: Australia to win, but it will be close.

New Zealand v England
Saturday 14/6/14 @ 17:35

It's hard to imagine the All Blacks being as rusty as they were last week or the English shocking them again with their physical in-your-face display. With possibly a new halves pairing, and full strength side, England will again be formidable, but I expect the AB's to respond to last week's wake up-call. I also expect some key changes in the AB’s side. I do though think the English are nearing their best, so an upset is not altogether unlikely, but I feel the All Blacks will lift after a poor start last week.

Pick: New Zealand at home.

South Africa v Wales
Sunday 15/6/14 @ 1:00

Both sides had a warm up of sorts last week, but it is hard to gauge their form in those matches. The Africans have a host of injuries, but should have the depth to cover these. However, they will need to lift their effort, especially in the set piece, where Wales will trouble them. This will be a physical contest, though I expect the African’s to win that battle on home soil.

Pick: South Africa at home, but Wales will push them.

Argentina v Ireland
Sunday 15/6/14 @ 4:40

A second string Argentinian side pushed the Irish all the way last week and will again be aiming for an upset. Ireland should be a lot better and more prepared following that effort, though they will need to be at their best to win against a passionate home side with vocal crowd support.

Pick: Ireland to win again.

Mark Connors, former Reds and Wallabies forward

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