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Wallabies go commando with mental fortitude just as important as fitness | Bret Harris

Coach Michael Cheika’s gruelling Bledisloe Cup boot camps are required to get his players ready both physically and mentally for the challenge of the All Blacks

As sweat poured and lungs heaved during an intensive training session on a Sydney hillside last weekend, Michael Cheika’s intentions for his Wallabies could not have been more clear: improved fitness is a priority ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks on 19 August.

Players were even made to run up a hillside with their mouths taped shut (to ensure they only breathed through their noses) as Cheika and his conditioning staff seek …read more

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