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Cooper : Wallabies have 'run out of excuses'

Quade Cooper accepts that the Wallabies are struggling under coach McKenzie

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Article Published: Monday 30 September 2013|

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Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper says that the current Australian rugby team have "run out of excuses" and says they will keep working at improving.

Australia's Wallabies have won one match in the Rugby Championship tournament this year and suffered their second loss to South Africa on the weekend.

They face a tough test this weekend as they travel to Rosario in Argentina who they beat by one point at home in Perth earlier this month.

The Wallabies have showed little progress under new coach Ewen McKenzie who was brought in to replace Robbie Deans after the Wallabies lost the series to the British and Irish Lions.

McKenzie has had a difficult time since his appointment and is still experimenting with his selections which has frustrated some fans.

Cooper says that the players must take the blame for one victory out of five matches played so far under McKenzie.

"There's a way that Ewen is coaching the team, everybody's got to buy into that and adapt to it as well," Cooper told Reuters.

"We can't keep using excuses, we've run out of excuses as a team in terms of how we go about each week.

"We've just got to put it down to hard work, sticking together as a team, backing our coach, backing our players, and we've got to strive for more success. We're not going to shy away from the hard work that's in and amongst us."

Cooper is confident that the Wallabies can turn a corner but has warned that further losses may come before they are where they want to be.

"We'll get there. It's all in due time but I urge everyone, it's not going to happen overnight," he said.

"It's something that we've got to continue to be upbeat about but we've got to know that it's a tough process and it's something that will come, but right now it's just not happening."

 
 
 
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