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Wallabies warned by former captain

Sportal.co.nz     28 Jun 2006    

The Wallabies have proved nothing yet, he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

While Australia won all three Tests against England and Ireland, they were only 'substandard', he said.

"Australia did fix things that had been broken like the scrum, the lineout, morale, spirit and go-forward in the pack.

"But I didn't think it was a complete measure of where they are right now," he said.

Australia has been winless in New Zealand since 2001 and McCall said its tight forwards will have to lift above what they have shown so far.

"They have had a reasonably soft entry to the year and the Kiwis will be better," he said.

If they can improve on the performance against Ireland, then the Australians would be in with a chance.

The Australian backline would only need 50 percent quality ball and it was up to the forwards to provide that, he said.

"We've seen how you lose the whole platform if the tight play goes awry.

"And the forwards were terrible last year," he said.

McCall also made the point that first five-eighths Stephen Larkham did not play in seven of the last nine matches in 2005.

"He's crucial to the ongoing plan but the pack is looking a whole lot better," he said.

McCall also highlighted a difference in the coaching philosophies of former coach Eddie Jones and his replacement John Connolly.

"Eddie might have had nirvana in mind in terms of how to play the game but Connolly plays only to win. He just wants his guys to get down the other end and get points," he said.