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Australia frustrated after winless tour taints promising season

MELBOURNE, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Australia’s one-point loss to Wales and Dave Rennie’s offended tirade towards match officers neatly captured the frustrations of the Wallabies on the finish of a see-sawing season that in the end fizzled out.

Reduced to 14 males after an early crimson card, Australia have been gallant within the 29-28 defeat in Cardiff however the reverse ensured they completed their European tour with no win for the primary time in 45 years.

The season’s tally of seven wins and 7 losses was an enchancment on 2020’s one win from six exams, Rennie’s first yr in cost.

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But the run of defeats to Scotland, England and Wales put the Wallabies proper again the place they began, at sixth on the planet rankings and decidedly sad about their place within the world pecking order.

“We’ll reflect back on three games that were winnable so it’s frustrating,” mentioned Rennie.

After a 3-0 whitewash by perennial nemesis New Zealand, there was lots to love about Rennie’s mid-season shakeup when he introduced flyhalf Quade Cooper and centre Samu Kerevi in from Japan.

The pair rejuvenated the Wallabies’ assault throughout a five-match successful streak that featured back-to-back wins over world champions South Africa.

However, their determination to stick with their golf equipment through the Japanese pre-season moderately than tour Britain with the Wallabies was vastly disruptive and uncovered Rugby Australia’s advert hoc coverage surrounding the choice of overseas-based gamers.

Indiscipline additionally proved expensive, and although Rennie pounded the desk about it all through the season, the Wallabies’ assortment of 4 yellow playing cards and a crimson on tour was an indictment on the taking part in group.

Still, two years out from the World Cup in France, Rennie can chalk up some good points, together with the notable debut season of winger Andrew Kellaway, who completed with 9 tries from 12 exams.

Centre Len Ikitau was one other good discover, whereas the scrum was stable towards the world’s greatest packs.

Rennie nonetheless has lots to ponder over the off-season, not least which gamers he’ll have the ability to decide underneath Rugby Australia’s (RA) obscure choice coverage.

Having been burnt badly by Cooper and Kerevi, the coach wants readability from each RA over picks and from gamers relating to their dedication to the Wallabies jersey.

That would no less than assist Rennie resolve whether or not to stick with Cooper, who shall be 35 by the point of the World Cup, or make investments extra in James O’Connor and rookie Noah Lolesio as playmakers.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

Rugby Union - Autumn International - Wales v Australia - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - November 20, 2021 Australia's Filipo Daugunu scores a try Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Rugby Union - Autumn International - Wales v Australia - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - November 20, 2021 Players shake hands after the match REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Rugby Union - Autumn International - Wales v Australia - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - November 20, 2021 Australia's Pete Samu and teammates look dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

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