Saturday 19 August 2017

Peter Bills: Poor state of the Union cause for Aussie concern

Australia's Richard Brown reacts to another New Zealand try during last weekend's victory for the All Blacks in Melbourne. Photo: Reuters
Australia's Richard Brown reacts to another New Zealand try during last weekend's victory for the All Blacks in Melbourne. Photo: Reuters

Peter Bills

WITHOUT wishing to put too fine a point on it – something the Aussies never like doing – a brutal fact has to be recorded: Australian rugby is in the soup.

It has nothing to do with last weekend’s defeat for the Wallabies at the hands of the all-conquering All Blacks. Fact is, they are likely to get another belting when they meet again in the Tri Nations/Bledisloe Cup match in Christchurch on Saturday.



If the Wallabies lose this weekend, it will be a ninth successive loss to the All Blacks, their fiercest rivals. Yet not even that stark, sorry statistic represents the depth of Australian rugby’s travails.

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