The Rugby Championship

Cheika refuses to take 'cheap' Byrne route for New Zealand clash

Australia coach Michael Cheika has no intention of taking the "cheap" option and asking former New Zealand skills coach Mick Byrne to reveal inside information about the All Blacks.

Byrne spent 11 years working with the world champions, but switched allegiances to work with Cheika and the Wallabies in July.

Australia face New Zealand in a repeat of last year's World Cup final in their Rugby Championship opener on August 20, in what will also be the first of the three-match Bledisloe Cup series.

It has been 14 years since the Aussies last triumphed over their trans-Tasman rivals in the Bledisloe, but Cheika says that Byrne was not brought in to divulge inside secrets from Steve Hansen's camp.

"I'm not the type of guy that's going to go and ask Mick 'what do New Zealand do?'" he said at a news conference.

"It's cheap, that's not why we wanted Mick to come over. We wanted Mick to come over and coach with us because he's brilliant at helping develop skills.

"We're not looking to take the lift, you know what I mean? We want to take the stairs.

"We want to work hard and earn anything we can get against our opponent.

"I don't think asking him 'what are they doing here, what about this, what about that,' is going to solve anything for us.

"We've got to have that in ourselves already. And I like him - I don't want to put him in that position either.

"The other team will be evolving anyway. They don't stand still, no team does at this level. I don't see that as an advantage."

Australia also confirmed that Nick Frisby, Toby Smith and Luke Morahan have been cut from their Rugby Championship squad, trimming the selection to 33.

Fit again Stade Francais scrum-half Will Genia is included, as are four other European based players Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Quade Cooper - the latter having signalled his intention to return to Australia earlier this year.