"If you ask the lads they'd be pretty keen to get out there".
He said nothing had changed since he made the statement early a year ago that after finishing runner-up at the 2015 showpiece, the team needed to show improvement in Japan which meant only a win would keep him in the position.
This is the first Wallabies team during Cheika's regime that is not completely "his", for other selectors have had input in the best XV.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admits his team are "coming from well back" as their World Cup preparations officially ramp up with their opening Rugby Championship clash against South Africa in Johannesburg.
We run the rule over the quartet ahead of the start of the Rugby Championship, where teams will only face each other once in a World Cup year. They were in the previous final.
But without Folau, Erasmus said the Wallabies had lost their key strike weapon.
"It's based on what we need from this game and what we'd like to achieve from this game".
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But Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani will be the centers.
Having the big boots of Reece Hodge and Dane Haylett-Petty on the wings is a wise move at high-altitude when kicks can fly 10m further.
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Erasmus has also suggested Australia will be more susceptible under the high ball without sacked fullback Israel Folau in their side.
After a torrid 2018, this year will either end in glory with the Webb Ellis Cup, or be the start of a huge rebuild under a new head coach.
There will be plenty to digest once the full-time whistle blows.
South Africa are set to field a second-string team for the tournament opener, although Erasmus said it's not a sign of disrespect for the Wallabies.
Cheika is reluctant to keep talking the talk because winning games of rugby is what he and his players are judged on.
"He's been building nicely now for probably a year and a half", Cheika said.
"Knowing Australians like I do, they are competitive, hugely competitive and they will get themselves in good situation to compete", McCaw told Reuters.
"Even though there may be a bit of noise out there against us". We want to make sure we make them proud on the weekend. "They tend to try to go around you and we feel with those two (Nkosi and Mapimpi) and Warwick at the back, it's the best combination to try and contain them speed-wise". A lot has been said about the rugby in Australia in the last six months and where we want to show what Australian rugby is about is on the field.
So just where are we going to see the flickers of revival?