McKenzie won't risk wounded Wallabies against All Blacks
James Mortimer 23 Jul 2013 Getty Images
There is a murmur that the Reds Director of Rugby, and Wallabies coach, will favour Queensland players, but McKenzie said to AAP that players who were fully fit would be the priority, saying that some who had toughed out a Super Rugby campaign might now feature in the early games of The Rugby Championship.
"Some players have been carrying injuries for a long time," he said.
The mind is always willing and the heart is willing, but the body has to be co-operating. We need to be mindful of that and we don't want to get into the situation where this bloke 70 per cent fit is better than this other bloke.
"You have to pick players who are fit and raring to go. By doing that you create depth, you create competition, you create trust and all those things can add up."
The Reds senior leadership group, in captain James Horwill (calf) and vice-captain Will Genia (knee) suffered injuries, although there is nothing to indicate they won’t face the haka at ANZ Stadium on August 17.
McKenzie did say that there was work to do, after the Wallabies became the first Southern Hemisphere team since the turn of the century to lose to the British and Irish Lions, and he said that all Super Rugby teams would be under scrutiny for final selection.
"We're coming off a loss basically so we have to sit back and have a look," he said.
"With respect to everyone out there it's good we review each position and the candidates (who might wear the Wallabies jersey against the All Blacks)”.
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