Wallabies ‘did not represent Australia well’, rugby boss says

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Posted August 24, 2016 18:15:58

The Wallabies are out to make amends after failing to represent the country well enough in the opening test against New Zealand, Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver says.

The All Blacks demolished Australia in Saturday's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney, winning 42-8.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the loss, Mr Pulver said he understood how disappointed fans were with the performance.

"It hurts, there is an awful lot of pride that goes into the preparation of these teams and last Saturday night we did not represent the country well," he said.

"I'm confident that this Saturday we'll do a lot better."

While standing by coach Michael Cheika and the players, Mr Pulver conceded the Wallabies fell victim to a combination of an "outstanding" All Blacks outfit and their own "basic errors".

The on-field brilliance of the New Zealanders came just hours after team officials revealed they had discovered a listening device hidden in their Sydney hotel.

"I was shocked because I've never heard of the concept of listening devices in the world of rugby," Mr Pulver said.

"Those behaviours are not typical in our game.

"I knew we had nothing to do with it, [but] I was disappointed it came out on game day, because I thought it was an unnecessary distraction."

Rugby officials are now waiting on the results of a police investigation into the bugging and are hoping this Saturday's second test in New Zealand will prove to be a much better experience for both the Wallabies and their fans.

Photo: Shellshocked … Israel Folou (left) and the Wallabies were trampled by the All Blacks last Saturday. (AAP: David Moir)

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