Australia: Skipper James Slipper insists Wallabies are moving forward

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Wallabies skipper James Slipper feels his team is moving in the right direction despite their poor results in 2022.

Slipper’s men lost another game this week when they narrowly went down to Ireland 13-10 thanks to a late Ross Byrne penalty goal.

The loss adds to a dismal run of form, including their first defeat to Italy last weekend. However, despite this, Slipper believes his team have learned a lot and expects a monstrous clash against Wales next week.

Right direction

“In terms of where this group is heading, what we’ve faced, I’ve got a lot of confidence,” Slipper said to reporters.

“We’ve faced a lot of adversity and lost a lot of players, I could go through the list but at the end of the day, we haven’t got the results we wanted.

“As a captain at the moment, I’m happy with where we are heading.

“I’d love to be in a better spot so I’m understanding of that, but it sets up a big game for next week.”

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has a win percentage of less than 40 per cent, but Slipper believes there is still complete trust in the tactician.

“There’s so much trust in Dave … we’re the players out there in those big moments that we’re failing in,” Slipper said.

“We go into these games and we couldn’t be more prepared.”

Tough loss

Rennie admits he was disappointed with another narrow defeat adding to those against Italy and France that were only by one point.

The coach believes there were opportunities to down the best side in the world, but his team did not take them.

“We had a fair bit of adversity and showed a huge amount of character but there’s frustration because we had opportunities,” he said..

“You’ve got to give credit to the Irish defence but I’m gutted for the boys.”

Facing Wales this weekend in the final game of the Autumn Nations Series, the Wallabies will be desperate to add to their narrow victory over Scotland to make it two wins from four games before entering a World Cup year.

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