Wallabies take on Sydney Roosters in opposed training session before Rugby Championship

Mixing it up: The Wallabies ran an opposed session against the Sydney Roosters in preparation for their upcoming Rugby Championship fixtures. Photo: rugby苏州美甲美睫培训学校苏州美甲美睫培训学校 Mixing it up: Sean McMahon of the Wallabies tackles Rooster Boyd Cordner. Photo: rugby苏州美甲美睫培训学校苏州美甲美睫培训学校
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Friends: Roosters coach Trent Robinson and Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika. Photo: rugby苏州美甲美睫培训学校苏州美甲美睫培训学校

Israel Folau versus Blake Ferguson. Bernard Foley taking on Mitchell Pearce. Michael Hooper doing battle with Aidan Guerra.

It might sound like a cross-code match-up made in heaven but it became a reality on Tuesday as the Wallabies ran an opposed session against the Sydney Roosters in preparation for their upcoming Rugby Championship fixtures.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and Roosters boss Trent Robinson are close mates and were the brains behind the session at Sydney Grammar School in Rushcutters Bay where the Wallabies are in camp.

According to onlookers, the rugby and league stars didn’t hold back in a session with a little twist.

When the Wallabies attacked the Roosters defended from 10 metres back – like they do every weekend – while Trent Robinson’s men had to try to make line breaks with Cheika’s troops standing next to the play of the ball.

The session went for about 90 minutes in total, with 30 minutes of it allocated to full contact and the other time for teams to split up and do their own drills.

For years footy fans have debated who would win a game between league and rugby players, however from the unofficial session it would appear both sides were relatively evenly matched.

“Training up against the Chookies, it was good fun,” Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps told rugby苏州美甲美睫培训学校苏州美甲美睫培训学校. “They were good. It was different for them, not having that 10-metre line against them and it was different for us the way they defended. Obviously something different that we haven’t done before but it was great training against some of those great players. Such a prestigious club, a lot of history there and their players are obviously at the peak of their game and getting to share a few ideas and going against each other in training against teams that haven’t seen how they play too much is something that’s been pretty good.”

Phipps’ deputy in Nick Frisby, who was keeping a close eye on tri-colours No.9 Jake Friend at dummy half, is a “massive” Broncos fan but said it was a huge thrill to train against the Roosters in a session he learnt a lot from.

“I just tried to stay away from the big boys,” Frisby said. “I think there was a good respect for both games there today and we ran a bit of a hybrid game, attacking in union and defending in league and vice versa. It was interesting to see how the different skills transfer across the different games.”

The Wallabies will remain in Sydney for training this week before heading to Terrigal for another week-long camp.

They will then return to Sydney to prepare for the first Bledisloe Cup game against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20.


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