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League culture comment 'over the top'

By Philip Henderson 01/08/2005 07:25:02 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies captain George Gregan is confident Australia can get its Tri Nations campaign back on track after returning from a nightmarish tour of South Africa.

The veteran scrum half labelled comments about the influence of rugby league converts damaging Australian rugby as "hysterical", but said it would not be unreasonable to draw up a set of team guidelines following a tour marred by the sending home of Matt Henjak for bad behaviour.

"I think a lot of companies have guidelines which they live by and the important thing is they live by them," Gregan said when asked if "grown men" needed a set of rules on how to behave.

"And that's what we'll do. I think you look at a lot of successful businesses and they have a framework that they live by.

"It's all stuff we'll have to discuss as a group. We'll get together up in (Coffs Harbour) and one thing this group is very good at is working through situations we feel are adverse to team preparation and performance.

"It's something that we need to rectify and something we will do."

The Wallabies will have the best part of two weeks to regroup ahead of their next Tri Nations clash with New Zealand in Sydney on August 13.

They earned what could prove a valuable bonus point in the 22-16 loss to the Springboks in the opening game of the series in Pretoria last Saturday.

But even that performance failed to wash away the troubles of a tour which also featured:

* A 33-20 loss in the Nelson Mandela Cup

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