Cheika chas­ing Grand Slam

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Wal­la­bies head coach Michael Cheika has en­cour­aged his play­ers to ‘think big’ as they at­tempt to com­plete a first Grand Slam tour of Europe since 1984. The game in the Welsh cap­i­tal on Satur­day will launch the Wal­la­bies’ bold bid to win five Tests in five weeks, and they will be at­tempt­ing to make it 12 wins in a row over their hosts.

It all adds up to an­other in­tense and close bat­tle, in the first con­test be­tween both sides since Aus­tralia’s 15-6 win in the Rugby World Cup group stage last year.

“I think that it’s very im­por­tant for play­ers to have dreams of achiev­ing the big­ger pic­ture items. I re­ally do, I be­lieve that’s im­por­tant,” Cheika said. “If you don’t have those dreams in­side of you, then what are you do­ing it for? But the re­al­ity is that in a series like this, and a tour like this, it’s only the next day that counts. That’s in the back­ground, but that will only come to fruition when we’re ex­cel­lent ev­ery day and our play­ers are learn­ing. The team will be chang­ing its com­po­nents, not its iden­tity, over this year and the next – the iden­tity will al­ways stay the same. “Those guys will learn how to live that iden­tity and play that style of rugby and then af­ter 2018, we’ll start con­sol­i­dat­ing our­selves into a group that we think is go­ing to take the team for­ward from there,” he added.

- Planet Rugby.

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