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'Mentally scarred for life': Australia needs to stop yearly Tests with New Zealand

Cassandra new author
Roar Rookie
23rd August, 2021
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Cassandra new author
Roar Rookie
23rd August, 2021
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It may be a little left field, but I think it is worth saying we should stop yearly Tests with New Zealand.

For the present.

And if we want to build a team that is competitive, give the team and the coach a chance by letting them work together for months – not weeks – and at the start of the season, not the end of it.

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(Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

People may say I’m a ratbag and they may well be right.

But have a look at the Australian cricket team over the years.

They had time to build a team without having to front both their state or club week in and week out.

My suggestion is give these lads a camp that actually has some chance of getting results.

If it takes six months, it’s better than sending undercooked combinations out there to be mentally scarred for life.

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We won’t be better man on man for years to come.

But a good team will knock over individual geniuses.

Let the men in gold become a team for a change. Let them eat, sleep and train their guts out until they start to pack down for a feed at breakfast.

Let the brand of the Wallabies be a brand where grit not glory is the motto.

And when you don’t want to leave your mate behind as you board that bus, you may get to a stage where everyone has the chance to shine by playing for each other.

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And in the process, having pride to play for your country.

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