No need for panic in Wallabies camp: Mitchell

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

Former Wallaby Drew Mitchell doesn't believe an overhaul of the Australian coaching ranks is required regardless of results in the next two weeks.

Michael Cheika's men have won just one of their last seven matches and as public pressure starts to mount, home Tests against South Africa and Argentina present an opportunity to silence the doubters.

But further losses will no doubt provide more ammunition to those calling for a mass clean out - a move Mitchell believes would be ill-advised.

"If we are talking scenarios and we are here in two weeks and have lost two home Tests then of course we need to look at things," Mitchell said.

"By no means do I think anyone needs to be moved on and certainly not Michael Cheika.

"It's like anything.

"If you are in business and things aren't working you need to look at other ways to get better results.The Wallabies had their hearts broken in Auckland. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"Tapping into resources will help you adjust and help change the tide.

"You have to look into it and Cheika being the guy he is I'm sure he's already seeking out older players, older coaches.

"You just want to hear different perspectives and figure out how you can change the results."

Mitchell remains close friends with several players in the Wallabies frame and asked fans to recognise the team is hurting just as much as the loyal support base.

"They've got a lot of belief and they're all genuinely talented rugby players," he said.

"But it's not like they're going out there and not trying to do their best.

"It's not working to the level we would like as fans but we don't have a mortgage on that disappointment.

"These players are experiencing it a hell of a lot more than what we are.Mitchell called for calm in camp. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"They sacrifice their whole lives - they miss so many things with their kids.

"They're hurting and they're working hard to try and rectify things."

The 34-year-old also highlighted the improvement in an All Blacks team which currently stands head and shoulders above all comers in world rugby.

"When you get to that level it's fine margins and this team more than any All Blacks team than I've seen - their ability to blow a team out is incredible," he said.

"Other All Blacks teams would beat you in the final 10 minutes in the McCaw or Carter era but when this team gets to the 50 to 60 minute mark they can put five or six tries on anyone.

"Prior to that it was small margins where we had them under immense amounts of pressure.

"Errors in one or two areas we wouldn't normally see and the tide turns.

"The All Blacks are dictating, players are acting in isolation and they then have the capacity to put 30 points on you pretty quickly.

"No one is saying it's great or that it's acceptable.

"But I think the scoreline actually suggests it's a lot worse than the situation really is."

Mitchell has a fresh set of challenges of his own ahead of him, kicking off a 9-5 career as the Australian manager of new fitness app Esquared.

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The Wallabies face the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, kicking off at 8pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Channel Ten and RUGBY.com.au radio.