NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says it is difficult for Michael Cheika and Stephen Moore to declare Super Rugby players are not fit enough when they come into Wallabies camp but has thrown his full support behind the alignment of national and state conditioning programs.
Tom Decent is a journalist with Fairfax Media.
Michael Cheika is adamant the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks and break a 15-year Bledisloe Cup drought. But if you happen to find yourself laughing at the Australian coach, he doesn't blame you.
Fullback Israel Folau believes the Wallabies' back line has gelled together nicely throughout the three June Tests but one player Australia is unlikely to have come the first Bledisloe Cup match is Sefa Naivalu, who will spend an extended period on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he was "going mad" at times during Australia's almighty scare against Italy in which they avoided what would have been their most embarrassing Test defeat.
Waratahs duo Rob Horne and Jack Dempsey never thought they would get the chance to don a Wallabies jersey this year, for completely different reasons.
Australian scrum coach Mario Ledesma says the Wallabies will be fully prepared if Italy try any sneaky tricks like they did against England this year.
The Wallabies have been world rugby's most ill-disciplined side when it comes to conceding yellow cards since the World Cup and are spending almost a tenth of their matches a man down.
Stephen Moore is back as Wallabies captain and says Saturday's match against Italy cannot come quick enough after a disheartening loss to Scotland.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had the opening Bledisloe Cup match in the back of his mind when picking a team to face Italy on Saturday but believes the team will be quite different come August 19 at ANZ Stadium.
Bill Pulver will remain chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union, for now, with chairman Cameron Clyne saying his position was not discussed at an emergency general meeting on Tuesday.