The Wallabies spent an extra evening in Dublin before travelling to Wales on Monday. The team organised a meal at an Irish pub, where they drank Guinness and enjoyed a local music act.
There is only so much torment one team can take from multiple single-digit losses. That doesn’t excuse the fact the Wallabies have won just four of their past 15 Tests.
Rennie has been under immense pressure all tour and the heat won’t go away. His Wallabies win record was 37.9 per cent when he left Sydney and will be 36.4 per cent when he touches down in Cardiff.
However, the Wallabies did have the chance to come away from their last match against Ireland if they opted for a penalty. They kicked for touch instead and came off second best.
Rennie’s hopes of coaching the Wallabies beyond 2023 are fading fast and White feels that’s deeply unfair.
“100 per cent I think Dave’s the man for the job,” White said. “He’s doing a great job.
“It’s not that we’ve been a million miles away and I feel like surely everyone can see that. I believe that the coaching staff are at a level and, as players, we’re not quite there yet.”
Captain James Slipper echoed White’s view that players needed to cop the brunt.
“There’s so much trust in Dave … I don’t even want to go down that track at the moment,” Slipper said. “We’re the players out there in those big moments and we’re failing him. We go into those games and couldn’t be more prepared.”
The final match of a draining tour is against Wales and won’t lack context, despite being outside the international window. The Wallabies have lost three on the trot to Wales and behind closed doors, that does not sit well with the team at all.
While Australia’s loss to Italy was slammed by fans back home, Wales’ 13-12 loss to Georgia is nearly the final straw for a proud rugby nation who feel coach Wayne Pivac has had his time.
Keep in mind, Australia and Wales both square off against Georgia in next year’s World Cup.
Unthinkable four years ago, in some ways, it’s now a banana skin game.
“It’ll make for a good World Cup and I certainly think teams all the way down the top 10 will be thinking there are a chance because it’s a funny game,” White said.
“We’re going into a World Cup where we might see some genuine upsets and some [lower-ranked] teams go through.
“We’ll come back over here next year feeling not a million miles away. Confident is probably not the right word. We haven’t got the right results for that. We certainly won’t be shy though.”
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