16 Oct 2010

Italy coach says Wallabies as good as NZ

10:55 am on 16 October 2010

The coach of the Italian national rugby team has described the Wallabies as the equal of the All Blacks.

Nick Mallett's team play Australia in Florence next month and the South African's worried, saying he believes Australia are the best team in the world alongside New Zealand.

Mallet says their backs, alongside New Zealand's, are the most dangerous in international competition and the new interpretations of the laws favour their way of playing.

The Azzurri play three internationals in the upcoming Test period, against Argentina in Verona, Australia in Florence and Fiji in Modena.