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Last Updated: Monday, 7 November 2005, 09:39 GMT
Knives out for woeful Wallabies
A dejected Wallabies side after the defeat to France in Marseille. Gregan is on the far right.
Coach Eddie Jones and his struggling Australia side have been savaged by the country's press following their 26-16 defeat to France at the weekend.

The Marseille loss was the Wallabies' sixth defeat in a row, leading to calls for radical changes, including the axing of veteran skipper George Gregan.

"The Wallabies must be overhauled," wrote Wayne Smith of The Australian.

"(Saturday's) inept loss to France was by far the worst of the six consecutive defeats they have endured this year."

The Sydney Morning Herald's chief rugby writer Greg Growden also called on Jones to make wholesale changes.

"Surely it's time for a major reconstruction because the fact that this team has lost six Tests in a row is unacceptable," Growden wrote.

"It has placed Australian rugby at its lowest point for years.

"And if Jones, whose ability to get this team up for vital matches is now under serious question, really wants to save his own neck, he has to start chopping quite a lot of others - starting from his captain down."

The Daily Telegraph's chief rugby writer Peter Jenkins also had Gregan in his sights, calling for the world's most-capped player to be dumped immediately.

Scrum-half Gregan, 32, won his 115th cap - one more than former England prop Jason Leonard - in Marseille.

But Jenkins wrote: "Jones has delayed the inevitable long enough. He must pull the trapdoor on his long-term leader.

"While there were numerous disappointments on the performance front for the Wallabies in Marseilles, Gregan's substandard effort was not a one-off aberration - just further confirmation of an on-going decline."




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