Injuries will make NZ tougher: Deans
It's the match Robbie Deans has been building to as his Australia team attempt to prolong New Zealand's World Cup misery in Sunday's semi-final -- a fixture opposing coach Graham Henry reckons is his side's "biggest in 10 years".
Ever since his appointment in 2008 after losing out on the All Blacks' coaching job to Henry, Kiwi Deans has been shaping Australia into a potent attacking force, as witnessed by their first Tri-Nations title in a decade this year.
Now the Wallabies face their moment of truth at the All Blacks' Eden Park fortress against the injury-ravaged New Zealanders, who are desperate to end a run of 24 years without winning the World Cup.
"I feel it (injuries) will make them tougher and I firmly believe that because it galvanises them as a team and that is what rugby is all about," Deans said.