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Stirling Mortlock, one of the Wallabies new co-captains, wants to make amends for his indiscretions last year when he was sole captain of Australia’s national team.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, after he was named as co-captain with flank Phil Waugh for the seven Tests prior to this year’s World Cup, Mortlock said he’s learnt his lesson after being disciplined during his previous tenure last year.

Mortlock, who turned 30 on Sunday, initially captained Australia against England in Melbourne last year and also performed the duty three more times on the spring tour a few months later when Gregan stayed at home.

However, there was some doubt over whether he would be handed the honour again when he was one of three players disciplined after staying out late after the Test against Italy in Rome.
“I basically let myself down and let my team down,” Mortlock told AAP, when asked about the incident.

“There might have been a chance I didn’t get selected (as captain) again, so I’m thankful I’ve been given this opportunity.

“It’s up to me to make sure that I learnt from that experience and that’s my take on that, to make sure that it’s pretty obvious that I have learnt from that.

“On the tour I learnt a hell of a lot about myself as a leader and things that maybe I needed to differently or better.”


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