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‘We need to be better’: Wallabies ranking doesn’t sit well with Rennie

“What we know is we’re seventh in the world. We need to be better than that,” Rennie told reporters on Monday via teleconference. “We had a lot of older guys who have left post World Cup, so there is genuine chance for young guys to come through and build towards the next World Cup.

“Ultimately we want results quickly. That’s our mindset. We’re not looking for excuses and need to front up from the start.”

The New Zealander’s first assignment as Wallabies boss will likely be against the All Blacks and there is a good chance both sides will square off against one another on four occasions throughout 2020, pending a final sign off from both unions.

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“We should get to the play the All Blacks a number of times and that is a great introduction,” Rennie said. “It’s a really good gauge for us of where we need to be. The more we play the All Blacks the better because we haven’t had a lot of success against them in the last 15 or so years. We’ve got to put ourselves under pressure against the best.”

Rennie also believes there is merit in the policy of being able to pick Australian players to represent the Wallabies if they are running out for a Kiwi side in a possible trans-Tasman competition next year.

Rennie reiterated on Monday that those on Australian shores will be given priority for national duty. But with the Giteau Law, whereby only players with 60 Test caps can feature for the Wallabies if they are plying their trade overseas, under review, Rennie said it made sense to pick footballers taking part in whatever form Super Rugby takes next year.

Rennie, who coached the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013, is adamant Australia need to be locking horns with Kiwi opposition in whatever competition model is decided on going forward.

And whilst New Zealand franchises would rather stack their squads with home grown talent, Rennie would be happy to pluck Australian players from across the ditch if they were based there.

“Playing against the Kiwi sides is important,” Rennie said. “My view is if we had a Wallaby playing for the Blues, for example, we get to see him playing against the best Aussies from a selection point of view … that makes sense. I’m not a big fan of trying to pluck guys out of France. We have got no influence on how they train or prepare. Best-case scenario is we have them here helping our young kids develop good players around them and helping our Super Rugby sides.”

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