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Mortlock writes the Wallabies at the World Cup. News Jani

Mortlock writes the Wallabies at the World Cup.

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Former Fed-up World Cup captain Stirling Mortlock says Rugby Australia must draw a line in the sand after the Wallabies’ “train wreck” loss to Italy and “systematic” discipline of the national team immediately. Problems must be solved forever.

ADMINISTRATIVE Australia have “no chance” of winning next year’s World Cup in France, Mortlock believes embattled coach Dave Rennie will at least give Wallabies fans hope for the 2027 edition of the global showpiece. For “pick and stick” should do.

“There’s no way we’re going to win the World Cup next year. We have no chance of doing that,” Mortlock told AAP in a no-holds-barred interview on Sunday.

“What needs to happen is the coaching staff and the leadership group of Rugby Australia must get the foundations right to win the World Cup in 2027.”

That starts with the selection table and, most importantly, ending the horrendous lack of discipline that has plagued the Wallabies week in and week out.

Australia are officially the most penalized Tier One team in international rugby and were infringed a further 16 times in Saturday’s infamous 28-27 opening defeat to Italy in Florence.

Half-back Jake Gordon was also yellow-carded for an unnecessary off-the-ball tackle, helping the Azzurri to pile up two tries and 14 points with Australia down for 10 minutes.

But that didn’t stop first-time captain Alan Al-Alatua from saying he was “proud” of the Wallabies.

After famously apologizing for Australia’s 2007 World Cup defeat by England in Marseille, Mortlock – like thousands of other frustrated Wallabies fans – grew tired of the message not getting through to Australia’s undisciplined Test stars. have gone

“Stuff like that, it’s probably been going on for 10 to 15 years,” said Mortlock, who was also a Bledslow Cup hero from Australia’s era when they dominated world rugby 20 years ago.

“I need to have a look at the numbers and statistics but we have gone from being a very disciplined team to one of the worst in the world.

“It’s systemic so captains are being punished. Senior players are being punished, young players are being punished.

“It’s an extension of the lack of coordination — slash — not sticking with the combination and cutting and changing all the time. It’s been a dog’s breakfast.”

Mortlock admits it’s a “delicate balance” for Rennie, who needs to inject youth blood while easing the workload of senior players on the spring tours.

But he also believes the Wallabies jumper needs to be respected, noting Rennie has made a dozen changes to his starting line-up since last week’s loss to France, fielding eight players. Each had less than 10 tests.

“The fact is I don’t see this result against Italy in isolation. It’s not a shock,” Mortlock said.

“It was a train wreck.

“It starts and ends with the coaching staff and then is implemented by the leadership group.

“And if it’s getting worse, it’s because they’re not addressing it or consistently addressing it and reinforcing it.

“At the end of the day, if people want to keep it going, they’re not elected.

“If you don’t pay attention to it, there’s no way you’re going to get in.”

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