NSW Blues inspire Wallabies for Bledisloe tilt

Last updated 16:59 20/06/2014
Michael Hooper
BORN LEADER: Australia captain Michael Hooper, left, and Sam Carter get to grips with France star Wesley Fofana.

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If the Blues can do it, the Wallabies believe they too can bust a hoodoo and finally win back the Bledisloe Cup.

New test captain Michael Hooper says even the Wallabies can take heart from the NSW rugby league team's breakthrough State of Origin series victory over Queensland.

The Blues went nine years between drinks, while the Wallabies haven't tasted Bledisloe Cup success over the All Blacks for 12 years.

"You've seen during the week what confidence can do through Origin, how you can get momentum swings and that," Hooper said on Friday.

"So you can take a bit from other sports as well, where we need to go.

"You look at it and you're able to see that it can be done through adversity."

Hooper drew the parallels after French captain Thierry Dusautoir claimed the only difference between the Wallabies and the All Blacks was the world champions' unshakable belief.

Hooper agreed but said confidence was growing within the Wallabies ranks after racking up six straight wins for the first time since 2005.

"We've got players who are thereabouts with the ABs, so the cattle's not an issue," he said.

"The ABs have been winning for the last x-amount of years, so that (confidence) is is established there.

"The fact that we've won six in a row is really positive. That's starting to build that confidence to where we want it to be.

"So that's growing for us."

The Wallabies don't face the All Blacks in the Bledisloe opener until August 16 in Sydney and Hooper said first things first and that's Les Bleus at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

"We've got to win that, which puts us seven (wins) in a row. It's been stated quite a lot that it's the first time in a lot of years," he said.

"Then we move onto the ABs. You can shut down the series in two games, but you're versing the best team in the world. No question you need to be playing your best footy to do it.

"But when we get around to that time of the year, we'll be confident in ourselves to be able to get the job done."

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