Cameron Shepherd’s scathing assessment of the Wallabies
Former Wallaby Cameron Shepherd has unleashed a scathing attack on the Wallabies coaching staff in the wake of their latest defeat.
It comes after the Wallabies were beaten 9-6 in a penalty shootout against Wales in their opening match of the Spring Tour.
The defeat exposed an attacking mess within the Australia structure – something that has been evident within the Wallaby set up for the majority of 2018.
Former Test great Stephen Larkham is the Australian attacking coach and has come under heavy scrutiny for the lack of success along with head coach Michael Cheika.
Shepherd – who played nine Tests for the national side – said the time is up for this group of coaches after the national side has lost 10 of their last 13 Test matches.
“I think in any other industry or any other sport the coaching staff under this much pressure for performance at this level, a change would be made,” Shepherd said.
“Why the Wallaby coaching staff seem to have this protective coating I don’t know.
“I think unfortunately results just aren’t good enough, changes have to be made.
“I don’t want to hear the fact with ‘well, who do you replace him with?’
“At the moment, anyone would be better than the group we’ve got because we’re just not performing and something needs to change.
“The culture looks off, the energy that the coaching staff have brought previously doesn’t seem to be having the same effect, I think it truly is time for a new slate.”
Shepherd also revealed a source close to the Wallabies felt the team was training too hard.
“I was speaking to someone very close to the Wallabies recently,” Shepherd said.
“He said the weeks in his words were ‘exhausting, way too physical, fitness constantly’ and by the time he got to the game he didn’t feel like he was in the right head space to play.
“Now if that is the feedback from the players within the group, you can only imagine what that’s breeding as a culture.”
The Wallabies will look to bounce back when they play Italy on Sunday morning 1:00AM AEDT.
Listen to the full interview below: