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Wallabies up vibe in Europe

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Back in action: David Pocock.

Back in action: David Pocock. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

The presence of several returning seasoned Wallabies in Europe has the Australians buzzing, as competition for places in Robbie Deans' side heats up in Paris.

The likes of David Pocock (knee), Stephen Moore (hamstring) and Drew Mitchell (knee) are all back to work for Australia after battling injuries, providing Deans with plenty of quality options for the four-match European tour that starts against France on Saturday.

Halfback Nick Phipps said the presence of the senior players has given the squad a tremendous boost.

"It's good to have all the boys back. Not just for their playing ability but they add a lot to the group too. Guys like Drewy (Mitchell), Cliffy (Wycliff Palu), Moorey (Stephen Moore) ... they are always good to have around," Phipps told AAP in Paris on Tuesday.

"There's so much great competition in the squad. Hoopy (Michael Hooper) and Poey (Pocock) and then Moorey and Tauf (Tatafu Polota-Nau) and Drewy and Cummo (Nick Cummins) too.

"It (competition) raises the level of the team and is great for the playing group as well ... I think the excitement in the team is pretty prevalent. It's a really tight team, everyone's really close and enjoying each others company, we've got four weeks ahead of us in Europe and we're really looking forward to it."

The Melbourne No.9 said the squad seemed fresh and over their long-haul flight after arriving on Sunday.

"We're all good. We had a gym session this morning and everyone was sort of bouncing around and Robbie looked pretty happy too," he said.

"We'd love to have four strong games to let Australia know we are back to competing with the top sides in the world."

AAP

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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