Pay close heed, all you slovenly, out of shape Aussie rugby players.
Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika and former Test Captain Stephen Moore both laid the blame for the Aussie rugby failures in Test and Super Rugby last season to a lack of adequate levels of fitness.
No more lounging in front of the telly, eating Vegemite straight from the jar and chasing it with a sixer.
“We spoke about it at the coaches meeting and we spoke about it in general that we need to lift the standard of our fitness level across the board — from the start of Super Rugby right through to us as well,” said Cheika, following the Wallabies’ underwhelming June series against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.
The Wallabies won just seven times from 14 bounces last year. The Brumbies were the only representative in the finals of Super Rugby.
Aussie rugby fans are still trying to take some hope away from the Wallabies’ close victory over the All Blacks in the dead rubber third match of the Bledisloe Cup in Brisbane, but that was way back in October. Rather than taking some momentum out of that win, they went to England and Scotland and came away losers.
In an attempt to shift the fortunes in the other direction, Super Rugby is now under closer scrutiny and are no longer left on their own with regard to training and fitness. RA, basically meaning the Wallabies and Cheika, are trying to establish central standards for all the Aussie sides.
The idea may have some merit, with some positive results emerging from career-best fitness test results for Test stars Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau.
Cheika, acting as cheerleader, praised the efforts of the remaining four Super Rugby clubs to work as a collective in the service of the greater good.
Cheika, RA and Super Rugby will have 18 months to monitor fitness progress ahead of the World Cup in late 2019, but they will have at least one checkpoint along the way when the Irish come to town for international play in June.