18 Jul 2009

Henry: Wallabies not more settled side than the All Blacks

8:29 am on 18 July 2009

All Blacks coach Graham Henry is dismissing talk the Wallabies are the more settled side heading into tonight's Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations opener at Eden Park.

All week it has been suggested that Australia's combinations are bedded down better than the home side's, who have struggled with injury in their lead-up Tests, particularly at first five with Dan Carter missing through injury.

The chopping and changing has led to some indifferent form for the All Blacks against France and Italy, but inspirational captain Richie McCaw's return, among other senior players, has also created a sense of deja vu that the Australians could be in for another Auckland ambush.

Henry says McCaw's return might have spooked the Wallabies into their decision to play three openside flankers, with George Smith to start and Phil Waugh and David Pocock on the bench.

Meanwhile, Henry says it's uncertain when Carter will return after reports suggested he could be playing for Canterbury by the end of the month.