All Blacks hooker Coles ruled out with another head injury

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After the worst week in its worst season in memory, the code in Australia is crying out for some reason to feel hopeful for the future.

But plenty more work would be required to topple the Wallabies in next Saturday's Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener in Sydney.

Cheika is making no promises but has hinted at plans to take a leaf from the British and Irish Lions' playbook by applying pressure to the All Blacks at every turn with swarming defence.

He said he's been preparing his team to go the distance at pace by working intensively on their fitness in recent weeks.

Cheika fronted Sports Sunday to talk about the state of the 15-a-side game in Australia following the decision by the Australian Rugby Union on Friday to axe the Western Force out of the Super Rugby competition for 2018 in line with a SANZAAR ruling.

Cape Town - New Zealand hooker Dane Coles has backed Nepo Laulala to impress for the All Blacks, if called upon to face Australia next weekend.

"That shows that we respect them and we're going to go out there and do that again next week".

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"I'm not in any way saying it's going to be easy, do you know what I mean?"

"Then from there we'll see what happens from there".

But Cheika said he believed the right steps have been taken to "renovate" the Wallabies squad since their World Cup final loss to the All Blacks in 2015.

He pointed to almost 20 new caps blooded since, with only about a dozen of the 2015 World Cup squad remaining.

Michael Cheika is confident that the axing of the Force from Super Rugby will not be a distraction on the team leading into the first Bledisloe Cup.

"But the most hard thing is for the fan base".

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