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Wallaby changes needed but few options

By Paul Mulvey 14/11/2004 03:07:16 PM Comments (0)

Coach Eddie Jones admits personnel changes are needed in the Wallabies but the question remains, where do the new faces come from?

Jones attacked his players' inability to perform under pressure and even an apparent fear of playing away from home after tonight's 27-14 loss to an impressive and disciplined France at Stade de France in Paris.

He was angry that the Wallabies again faded in the second half and could not respond when the French stepped up in the 15 minutes after halftime, when they stretched their lead from 12-11 to 18-11.

The Wallabies came away on their four-match tour with an aim to improve their woeful overseas record which now stands at six wins from the last 18 away Tests.

But Jones was left frustrated as his players appeared to have made little progress in fundamental areas, especially maintaining possession under pressure.

"Certainly there are areas that we're just failing to sustain performances in and that's a worrying aspect, particularly when it's repeating itself," he said.

"When we were under pressure in that first 15 minutes (of the second half) we needed to be tactically and technically better and we weren't. We didn't respond at all.

"That makes us think that certainly we've got to rethink what we're doing and that's always a rethinking of personnel."

Jones' comments put added significance on the Australia A match against the French Barbarians in Paris on Tuesday in which fringe squad members and potential Wallabies can stake their claim.

"It's a matter of looking at combinations, looking at guys who potentially could be better in the future," Jones said.

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