Wallabies Eager to Erase Horror Memory on 2016 Test Play

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After nearly returning from London last year with the Webb Ellis Cup in their possession, the Wallabies had a horror year that totally erased the optimism that resulted from their close call with the pinnacle of rugby in the World Cup.

The story following that close brush with euphoria was nine defeats in 15 attempts on the international level, including five consecutive Test losses and spirit-crushing defeats at the hands of the Irish and the British.

It is hard to take anything positive from the year the Wallabies encountered, but it is obvious that better results will require renewed commitment to better efforts.

Fly-half Bernard Foley, he of the 28-point haul against England back in late 2014, was frank in his assessment of the need to regroup and not rest on previous laurels.

The Wallabies will have to relearn their ability to sustain pressure for long periods, avoid the inexplicable lapses in concentration and to disregard the inevitable occasions when the officiating might seem to be conspiring against them.

The need to play consistently for the entire 80 minutes of a game, rather than brilliantly for 25 and worse than mediocre for 55 has to be a key point of emphasis for the Wallabies moving into 2017.