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Rugby Championship: Positives and negatives for Wallabies

With just one round of Rugby Championship fixtures to go for the shortened 2023 competition things are not looking good for Australia.

A heavy loss defeat in South Africa on the opening weekend was followed by a shock home defeat at the hands of Argentina.

With New Zealand to face on 29th July, the Wallabies are in real danger of having the wooden spoon thrust upon them.

As the 2023 World Cup edges ever closer, here’s a look at the positives and negatives from the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship so far.

Defence a concern with World Cup approaching

After two defeats it’s probably best to start with where things have been going wrong for the Wallabies over the first two weekends.

The biggest issue Jones’ is facing is trying to sure up a defence that has conceded 77 points over the course of their first two games against the Springboks in Pretoria and the Pumas in Parramatta.

Conceding that many points makes winning Test matches extremely difficult, while Australia have scored the least amount of points over the first two rounds with 43.

Jones has been experimenting with players but issues in defence and attack will be worrying with the World Cup a matter of weeks away.

Australia do find themselves in a very winnable group at the World Cup, as they face Wales, Fiji, Georgia and Portugal in Pool C.

The Wallabies are 9.50 to win the tournament but Jones has plenty of work to do before Australia can be really considered title contenders this year.

Jones learning who he can rely on

Looking towards the few positives from the first two rounds and Jones can at least begin to see who he will be able to rely on for the World Cup in France.

In the hard times the real leaders and standout players come forward and Jones will have a core group of players that he can count on for the major tournament later this year.

Jones made a number of changes over the two Tests against South Africa and Argentina, so was able to get a good look at how a host of players would cope under the pressure.

It looks to be clear who Jones will be going with in the halfbacks for the World Cup, with Nic White and Quade Cooper starting at scrum-half and No.10 respectively for both matches.

While they are the frontrunners for a starting role in France, a poor performance against New Zealand in Melbourne could have Jones questioning his decision.

The Wallabies are 4.50 to win and 1.20 to lose to the All Blacks on 29th July, while Australia are also available at 1.90 with +11.5 in the Line market.

It has been far from the dream start Jones would have been hoping for in his second stint as Wallabies head coach but the experienced tactician will be learning plenty and still has time to turn things around before the World Cup fireworks begin.

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