Wallabies star says he might have to wear goggles against Argentina after his teammates had LASERS pointed at their eyes in games at South Americans’ home ground
- Wallabies young gun Tom Wright joked he may wear goggles versus Argentina
- Reference to Pumas supporters pointing lasers at Wallabies stars in 2014 test
- Argentina coached by ex-Wallabies boss Michael Cheika, tipped to be fiery affair
- The Championship rugby series also features New Zealand and South Africa
Wallabies utility back Tom Wright has hinted at wearing goggles in this weekend’s Test against Argentina to counter opposition supporters pointing lasers in his direction.
Wright, 25, made the tongue-in-cheek comment ahead of the clash with the Pumas at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas after locals targeted the eyes of fly-half Bernard Foley in 2014.
The disgraceful scenes proved pivotal, with Foley missing a late penalty kick as Argentina stunned Australia 21-17.
Fellow Wallabies Kurtly Beale and Mike Harris also had lasers directed at them during a 25-19 win over the side in 2012.
‘I’m thinking of playing in goggles just in case, just to rule out any sort of foul play or whatever,’ Wright said.
‘Nah – if there’s a laser, there’s a laser. There’s not much I can do from the middle of the field.’
Wallabies utility back Tom Wright joked he may wear goggles this weekend against Argentina in Mendoza to counter supporters pointing lasers in his direction
Argentina are coached by ex-Wallabies boss Michael Cheika, with their defensive patterns overseen by ex-NRL enforcer David Kidwell.
Wright – who also played NRL with the Sea Eagles in 2018 – knows the hosts, who are renowned for their scrummaging, will be desperate to kick-start the Rugby Championship with a win.
The Championship also features New Zealand and South Africa.
‘They (Argentina) play quite a frontline-dominant defensive style,’ Wright added.
‘They’ve also got a fair bit of line speed and like to fill that frontline. We will need to be at our best to get the result.’
Wright is tipped to start on the wing, with Jordan Petaia the likely fullback.
It comes after Pumas supporters generated international headlines in 2014 when they pointed lasers at the eye of former Australian fly-half Bernard Foley (pictured) as he lined up to kick a penalty goal
Meanwhile, fellow NRL convert Marika Koroibete has urged Hunter Paisami to show off his own ‘super powers’ this weekend.
Paisami looms as the replacement in the 12 jersey for Samu Kerevi, who injured his knee representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.
Kerevi has been ruled out for the remainder of 2022.
‘Hunter is kind of a different player from Samu, he’s got his own game, his own super powers,’ Koroibete told Wide World of Sports.
‘He’s got ball skills, he brings energy and he loves to hit – I reckon he’s going to do a very good job.’
Kick-off is at 5.10am (AEST) on Sunday.