Grey happy with Australia’s defence

Date published: September 9 2015

Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey believes the side's defence is in a good place ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Reflecting on Australia's five Tests so far this year, Grey was pleased to see the side make improvements to their game.

“It’s a continued work in progress," Grey told AAP.

"You need to be looking at how you can sharpen the knife and how you can continually improve your defensive performance and it’s something that we are always working on.

“We need to be better, we need to be more consistent and we’re training accordingly.”

The major 41-13 loss Australia received from New Zealand at Eden Park however gave the side several lessons which Grey knows will prove to be important in the long run.

“That [heavy loss to New Zealand] just highlights how important that, in the upper echelon of rugby circles, that you get crucified for little mistakes," he added.

“One missed tackle here or there and that’s a try. Very good teams make you pay for defensive errors.

“You need to be very, very well equipped to deal with structured defensive situations, but also unstructured situations where you need to scramble and you need to survive and defend your line with a lot of passion.”