25 Apr 2009

Deans to seek help from Squash champion

8:38 am on 25 April 2009

Hungry for any edge over the All Blacks, Robbie Deans has sounded out Australia's two-time world squash champion David Palmer for a conditioning role with the Wallabies.

Deans, a squash fanatic who plays A grade in Sydney, believes the freakishly fit Palmer could help alleviate the Wallabies' second-half fade-outs.

With the Bledisloe Cup series locked at 1-1 last year, the Wallabies established useful leads over the All Blacks in the third and fourth Tests only to be over-run in the closing quarter of an hour in both games.

Palmer is revered on the world squash tour for his remarkable stamina, a quality Deans is hoping to instil in the Wallabies in his second season in charge.

Deans says some Palmer punishment is just what his Wallabies needed to teach them about perseverance and how to keep going when the legs are gone.