Wallabies take up Tigers challenge
July 13, 2010
Leicester's Lucas Amorosino is congratulated after scoring against South Africa in 2009 © PA Photos
Australia will take on Leicester at Welford Road in November, giving the Tigers another chance for a famous scalp.
In 2009 the English champions saw off the challenge of South Africa 22-17 and will now take aim at Robbie Deans' Wallabies on November 9. For the tourists, the game falls between Tests against Wales in Cardiff and England at Twickenham.
Last season Australia secured comfortable victories against Gloucester and Cardiff Blues in their midweek fixtures, blooding fullback Kurtley Beale and allowing Quade Cooper to secure a Test berth with a sparkling display at Kingsholm.
"Going up against Leicester - the Premiership champions - is an exciting opportunity for our players, and Australian rugby in general," Deans said. "We have already seen the benefit of the two midweek tour matches that we played in England and Wales last year flow through this season, in terms of broadening the depth that we have across a number of positions.
"Players like Salesi Ma'afu, along with Kurtley Beale, and Matt Hodgson, were set up for their Test debuts by the experience that they gained playing in the tour matches that we had against Gloucester and the Cardiff Blues on last year's tour.
"Players are faced with unfamiliar circumstances, foreign referees and players that they have never encountered before in these tour games, which all serves to add to the difficulty associated with the contest."
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