15 Aug 2009

Tempers fray at Wallabies training

7:05 am on 15 August 2009

Tensions almost boiled over in the Wallabies rugby camp when the teenage fullback James O'Connor and flanker Phil Waugh squared off during a rugged training session.

There were no punches thrown but the pair had to be separated by team mates after shaping up to each other while preparing for next week's Tri-Nations test against New Zealand.

Coach Robbie Deans the fact that things are getting a bit testy at training isn't a bad thing, because it'll be no holds barred when they meet the All Blacks tomorrow week in Sydney.

The Wallabies openside flanker Rocky Elsom is expected to make his comeback against the All Blacks after completing his first full training session this year.

Deans also expects flyhalf Matt Giteau to play despite suffering a leg injury in last weekend's loss to the Springboks in Cape Town.