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Dan Sheridan
Usual Platitudes Ahead Of International Series
11 November 2010, 6:46 pm
By The Editor
The watchwords this weekend are 'wary', 'wounded', 'weak' and 'backlash' while there'll be a shedload of respect dispensed every which way as the November internationals get under way and players and management fall over themselves in their efforts not to offend. Akead of the kick off that is.
And it all kicks off tomorrow in Cardiff and London when the Welsh host the Aussies and England host the All Blacks, while later on in Dublin's fair city, Ireland find themselves in the rare position of being odds on favourites to beat the world champions.

However, while Kidneys corp expect a backlash from the wounded Sprinboks, the Aussies are wary of the weakened Welsh and Martin Johnson bless him, thinks New Zealand, "are good" and that they "don't like losing to England." which means his side will have to "play the best this team has played in a Test match."

Well maybe even a tad better than recent ones Martin.

What will be of interest initially tomorrow to Munster supporters will be the performance of the Wary Wallabies against the Weakened Welsh. That of course because in just over a week's time, the Aussies will be in Thomond Park Stadium (Tuesday November 16th) for the game with Munster.

And although it's more than likely that the Aussie selection for TPS will be along the same lines of the one that plays Leicester Tigers the Tuesday prior (9th), it's also likely that there will be little or no change in the way they'll play the game, so be assured that Tony McGahan, Laurie Fisher, Jason Holland, Anthony Foley et al will be glued to that game tomorrow rather than the, eh, 'friendly' at Twickenham.

And when the Aussies pitch up in Limerick for the November 16th Sony Ericcson Challenge game, they'll perhaps have reason to be wary if they bother to take heed of events from two years previous when New Zealand came within moments of defeat.

Tickets for what promises to be another great Thomond Park Stadium occasion are available on

Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Cork & Limerick

Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (24 hour sales line 0818 719 300).

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