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Cummins looks set for debut

THEY say that one man's loss is another man's gain.

Well, that could certainly ring true for Western Force winger Nick Cummins.

The 24-year-old flyer is in line to make his debut for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks in Perth in a fortnight with Drew Mitchell facing another lengthy stint on the sidelines.

Mitchell re-injured the ankle that has plagued him for the past two years in the 22-0 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night.

He limped out of the game just before half-time and was due to have an ultrasound in Sydney on Tuesday.

Queenslander Quade Cooper also pulled up with a sore knee, but stayed behind in New Zealand for an extra couple of days.

He will have a scan when he returns.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is optimistic Cooper will be fit to play in Perth.

"It's just a little niggle. We'll just make sure there's nothing more to it," he said.

While Deans has come under fire for the Wallabies performances of late, he does have an ally - former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer.

Dwyer, who coached the Wallabies to winning the 1991 World Cup, said he thought the criticism was unfair.

"I think we need to look a bit more deeply than that," he told Radio New Zealand.

"To be quite honest I'm not in a position to be able to say whether the players are doing what the coach wants, whether the coach is working hard at the practices and the players are resisting it or what."

Topics:  drew mitchell nick cummins rugby championship springboks wallabies


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