''LET me play.'' That's the plea from out-of-form Wallabies full-back Kurtley Beale, who has told coaching staff he wants to make amends for his horror night out against the All Blacks last Saturday.
In no uncertain terms, Beale made it clear earlier this week that he had played the worst game of his career in the Wallabies' loss to the All Blacks, where he made three crucial errors and looked a shadow of his best.
Assistant coach Tony McGahan said like all of the 20 who made it on the field last week, Beale was desperate to redeem himself and has done everything possible to make sure he is in Robbie Deans' 22 for Saturday night at Eden Park, which will be named this morning.
''Kurtley certainly has some other strong attributes to his game,'' McGahan said.
''The two tries [against him] have been well documented but we need to look at the whole playing group and what is our best fit for Saturday night. You need to look at all the circumstances surrounding that player - whether it's a rugby issue or off-field issues and look at the complete mix on why a player doesn't perform in such a big game.
''In the discussions that we've had … with individual players this week, they are all really keen to make amends,'' he said.
''Attack is certainly one area that we need to go forward with and how that fits in with the seven guys that we need to fit in the back line.''
Beale will likely be given a reprieve and set to join him is Quade Cooper. With James O'Connor, who is battling to return from injury, the trio have the potential to form the Wallabies' most lethal attacking combination. But as fans saw at the World Cup and last Saturday night, from Cooper and Beale at least, it's usually rocks or diamonds.
''Quade has a lot of confidence about where he is at this point in time. He's worked very hard to be where he is, trained well with the team and, if he gets the opportunity, I'm sure he'll be eager,'' McGahan said.
When asked if the coaching staff had any reservations about Cooper's ability to handle the pressure at Eden Park after the worst match of his career there in last year's World Cup semi-final, McGahan responded promptly.
''No, not at all,'' he said. ''He wouldn't be training with us if we didn't think he had the ability to be there. He was close to selection last week and we'll look at the mix this week.
''If Quade gets the opportunity on Saturday night, he's only too keen to get back out there and show what he is made of. I don't think it will be his motivation for the game to prove to people he didn't have the best of tournaments, I think it will be more for himself … and winning that Test match.''
McGahan said Cooper would also defend at No. 10, despite indicating the Wallabies would be far more testing in attack.
''We want to attack but we also need to defend. Getting that balance right is going to be crucial,'' he said.
''We need more front football, both on the carry and at the clean-out. We didn't win that battle. New Zealand won that.''
The team charged with saving Australia's Bledisloe Cup campaign will be named today, with Queensland open-sider Liam Gill set to be named on a four-three bench.