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Thursday 26 April 2018

McKenzie: Wallabies won't sit and mope

Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie. Photo: David Rogers/ Getty Images
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie. Photo: David Rogers/ Getty Images

EWEN McKENZIE insists Australia will not "sit and mope" after the Wallabies saw their hopes of achieving a British and Irish Grand Slam wrecked by England.

The Wallabies squad flew to Turin for next weekend's appointment with Italy, licking their wounds after they conceded 14 unanswered second-half points at Twickenham as England triumphed 20-13.

It was Australia's eighth defeat of the year, but they could also be excused for feeling a slight sense of injustice over tries awarded to England stars Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell.

England full-back Mike Brown appeared to put his foot in touch during a length-of-the-field build-up for Robshaw's score, while Farrell pounced after Dylan Hartley avoided being penalised when he wandered off the ball in front of an Australian defender.

Ireland (November 16), Scotland and Wales are also on Australia's November schedule, which suggests life is not about to get any easier for McKenzie's men, but the head coach (pictured above) remains upbeat.

"There is always going to be a loser on the day, so you have to dust yourself off and get going," he said.

"The games come pretty fast, you have to get on with things. You can't sit and mope. You have got to get on and make adjustments."

McKenzie admitted his team had been punished for their second-half display, adding: "We didn't handle the second half as well as we would have liked. I thought we did pretty well in the first half. We fought a 7-1 penalty count against us at the 35-minute mark, yet we led at half-time."

TWO MORE YEARS FOR O'CALLAGHAN

Donncha O'Callaghan has signed a two-year contract extension at Munster, to June 2016. "I love playing for this team and representing my home club and supporters each week," said the 34 year-old.

"Running out for Munster is something I've always wanted and I've been fortunate to make my career out of it, and to continue doing so for the next few years is what I want."

O'Callaghan has played for his province 230 times, 10 short of the record held by Ronan O'Gara, and has 94 caps for Ireland.

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