The Wallabies star may wear goggles, After teammates were targeted with LASERS in 2014.
Wallabies star says he may have to wear goggles against Argentina after his teammates had LASERS pointed at their eyes in games at the South Americans’ home ground. Tom Wright joked that he might wear goggles against Argentina.
Refers to Pumas fans pointing lasers at Wallabies players during the 2014 Argentina test, which was coached by ex-Wallabies boss Michael Cheika and was expected to be a fiery affair.
New Zealand and South Africa are also competing in the Championship Rugby Series.
To counter opposition supporters pointing lasers in his direction, Wallabies utility back Tom Wright has hinted at wearing goggles in this weekend’s Test against Argentina.
Wright, 25, made the lighthearted remark ahead of the match against the Pumas at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas after locals targeted fly-half Bernard Foley’s eyes in 2014.
The humiliating scenes proved crucial, as Foley missed a late penalty kick as Argentina defeated Australia 21-17.
During a 25-19 win over the side in 2012, fellow Wallabies Kurtly Beale and Mike Harris were also targeted by lasers.
‘I’m thinking about wearing goggles just in case, to rule out any kind of foul play or whatever,’ Wright said.
‘No, there’s a laser where there’s a laser.’ From the middle of the field, there’s not much I can do.’
Utility back for the Wallabies To counter supporters pointing lasers in his direction, Tom Wright joked that he might wear goggles this weekend against Argentina in Mendoza.
Argentina is coached by ex-Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, with ex-NRL enforcer David Kidwell in charge of their defensive patterns.
Wright, who also played NRL for the Sea Eagles in 2018, knows the hosts, who are known for their scrummaging, will be desperate to get the Rugby Championship off to a winning start.
New Zealand and South Africa are also competing in the Championship.
‘They (Argentina) play a frontline-dominant defensive style,’ says one observer. Wright continued.
‘They also have some line speed and like to fill that frontline.’ We’ll have to give it our all to get the job done.’
Wright is expected to start on the wing, with Jordan Petaia likely to start at fullback.
It comes after Pumas fans made international headlines in 2014 when they pointed lasers at former Australian fly-half Bernard Foley’s (pictured) eye as he lined up to kick a penalty goal.
Meanwhile, Marika Koroibete, another NRL convert, has urged Hunter Paisami to demonstrate his own’superpowers’ this weekend.
Paisami is expected to fill in for Samu Kerevi, who injured his knee while representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.
Kerevi has been ruled out for the rest of the 2022 season.
‘Hunter is a different player than Samu in that he has his own game and superpowers,’ Koroibete told Wide World of Sports.
‘He’s got ball skills, he brings energy, and he loves to hit – I think he’ll do a great job.’