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Wallabies to be pulled out of Super Rugby for Lions

Robbie Deans will get the access to his players that he wanted

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Article Published: Thursday 28 February 2013|

The Australian Rugby Union have confirmed that Australia's best players willl be pulled out of Super Rugby for a three week Lions training camp.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans had called for more time with his players ahead of the Lions tour but the Super Rugby franchises were not happy with his plans.

Despite the Super Rugby franchises protests Deans has successfully secured the release of 25 players to go into camp from June the 2nd which is 20 days before the first test in Brisbane.

Further players could be added to the squad after the 10th when the Australian Conference takes it's June break.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver believes that the camp will give the Wallabies the greatest chance of beating the Lions who last toured Australia in 2001.

The Super Rugby franchises are concerned that if they lose their best players so close to the end of the season it could cost them a place in the play offs.

The Brumbies play the Rebels on June the 7th and the Waratahs play the Force on June the 9th and Pulver says that they will make a decision closer to the time on the availability of specific players for these Super Rugby local derbies.

"If those Super Rugby matches have significant bearing on the competition standings, and finals spots are at stake, ARU will take that under serious consideration," said Pulver.

"There is no doubt from an Australian Rugby perspective that when the Lions come to Australia for their nine-match tour from 5 June to 6 July the primary objective is for the Wallabies to win the three-Test series and preparation is crucial," said Pulver.

"The Lions will be battle hardened, make no mistake. Their players are currently involved in the Six Nations Championship in Europe."

"They will also have a match in Hong Kong en route to Australia and five lead-up games to the first Test.

"A tour of this magnitude, featuring nine matches, provides the opportunity to expose a wide group of players across the country to international Rugby. That is great for the players, and the game in Australia."

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