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Australian rugby coach accidently reveals game plan ahead of final against New Zealand

Australia's head coach has accidentally revealed his game plan ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand, by brazenly holding pieces of paper containing details of his strategy.

The notes cover plans for kick-off, defence and attack. Credit: BPI/ Javier Garcia

The information was exposed when head coach Michael Cheika and his assistant Mario Ledesma, held up game notes that were intended to remain secret.

The notes show the Wallabies plan to "expose" wings Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea under the high ball or in the backfield and "rattle" number eight Kieran Read at restarts.

Also visible in the game plan is that pivotal number eight, David Pocock, is being advised to hold off when Australia are taking a kick-off by not targeting All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter - "no Carter rage" reads the notes.

Head Coach Michael Cheika with the Australian forwards coach, Mario Ladesma. Credit: BPI/ Javier Garcia

Own the air space, catch everything, chase everything, escort wingers!

– Australia Head Coach Michael Cheika

It is not only their teams tactics that Australia's coaches have analysed. The notes also include observations about their opposition such as Carter runs "right to left" and "Nonu steps back on the inside" when defensive line speed is rapid.

The final is scheduled to kick-off at 4.00pm on Saturday at Twickenham.