Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says fitness is the key to Australian rugby resurrection

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika is hopeful that a more intense training program at Super Rugby level will be the catalyst for an Australian resurrection in 2018.

Australian rugby endured one of its worst seasons on record last year, as the Wallabies and its five Super Rugby sides failed to make an impression.

The Wallabies won just seven of 14 matches, while the Brumbies — thanks to a generous finals format — were Australia’s only representative in the Super Rugby playoffs.

Cheika, as well as then Test captain Stephen Moore, laid the blame squarely on Australia’s inadequate fitness levels for their disappointing results throughout the year.

“We spoke about it at the coaches meeting and we spoke about it in general that we need to lift the standard of our fitness level across the board — from the start of Super Rugby right through to us as well,” said Cheika, following the Wallabies’ underwhelming June series against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.