Wallabies player Israel Folau runs with the ball during the Rugby Championship match against the South African Springboks at Suncorp Stadium.
Wallabies player Israel Folau runs with the ball during the Rugby Championship match against the South African Springboks at Suncorp Stadium. DAVE HUNT

Folau: Wallabies will thrive with pressure off

RUGBY: Israel Folau has told fans in Perth to expect a different Wallabies side when it runs out against Argentina on Saturday night.

The Australians were under pressure on the back of a six-game losing streak before last Saturday's breakthrough win over South Africa.

The former NRL star and AFL player said that success had eased the burden on Michael Cheika's charges and the team would play with a lot more freedom against the Pumas.

"I think for every player in the team, they want to go into a game feeling that way and I think on the weekend was the first time we had that feeling where we could play with a bit of freedom,” the fullback said.

"The guys are excited that we've got the win now - it takes a lot off our shoulders.”

There has been plenty of bad press for the Wallabies over the past few months and even ex-players put the boot in following heavy losses in the two Bledisloe Cup clashes with the All Blacks.

Despite that, Folau said the mood in the squad was still upbeat.

"Inside the camp the guys felt pretty good,” he said.

"It wasn't too heavy. Obviously it was frustrating to not get a win for a long time.

"For the guys, the feeling in camp has been pretty good, regardless of the results.

"We've been working hard for so long so it was only a matter of time for us to try and get that first win and it was good that we got that last week. Now we can try and build on that.”

The Wallabies' clash with the Pumas at nib Stadium will be their final Test on home soil this season.


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