Wallabies target World Cup revenge against All Blacks

Berrick Barnes
© PA Photos
Australia seek revenge in their inaugural Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand.

Australian winger Adam Ashley-Cooper has claimed that the Wallabies are intent on revenge ahead of their opening Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand.

Saturday's Rugby Championship opener is the first time the two sides have met since the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final, which the All Blacks won 20-6.

Speaking about the World Cup defeat, Ashley-Cooper said: "It stings. But we have a new focus now and that's the Bledisloe. There's been a big build-up, a lot of buzz.

"Not only in camp but around friends and family and the whole country. I guess that's off the back of the World Cup last year being such a big tournament, a worldwide tournament, and the opportunity to get a little bit of revenge."

The 2012 Rugby Championship welcomes Argentina to the former Tri-Nations roster for the first time.

New Rugby Union generic
Read Next:
McCabe injury blow for Australia
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Aviva Premiership TablePPTS
2Exeter Chiefs2279
4Leicester Tigers2265
5Bath Rugby2258
6Northampton Saints2252
8Newcastle Falcons2249
9Gloucester Rugby2246
10Sale Sharks2240
11Worcester Warriors2232
12Bristol Rugby2220