Wales’s national rugby team boss Warren Gatland has stated that the Australia Rugby Team had become stagnated for a long period under the stewardship of former coach Robbie Deans and showed hardly any signs of improvement under Ewan McKenzie.
As the coach of the British and Irish Lions, Gatland beat the Wallabies two tests to one during their summer tour of Australia earlier in the year and he did not mince his words as he looks to break a long drought for the Wales team of not being able to beat their Aussie counterparts.
But he did mention that the Aussies have finally found some rhythm after some very ropey performances in what has been a transitional year for them. He mentioned that the Australia Rugby Team is still evolving as a team, before adding that under the last manager, they were coming to the end of a circle.
Gatland went on to mention that although it might have taken some time but the Aussies have finally reached a level of improvement with several key players back to the side and with so much improvement going on all round, they could be real contenders for the Rugby World Cup 2015 which will take place in England.
The charismatic coach has not been on the winning side against Australia since his first stint as the manager of Wales in 2008 but the win with the British and Irish Lions will, no doubt, give his confidence a boost as he tries to snap an eight game barren record for the Welsh against the Aussies.
The Australia Rugby Team have won five of their eleven matches played under McKenzie, three of which came in the last three weeks and this gives Gatland plenty to think about ahead of the clash at the Millennium Stadium.