Rugby Championship: Graham Henry defends Aussie coach Ewen McKenzie

Last Updated: 14/09/13 10:29am

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Ewen McKenzie: Australia coach is defended by New Zealander Graham Henry

Ewen McKenzie: Australia coach is defended by New Zealander Graham Henry

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Graham Henry has defended underfire Australia coach Ewen McKenzie whose out-of-form Wallabies entertain Argentina in Perth on Saturday.

The Aussies are currently bottom of the Rugby Championship table with zero points from three matches.

McKenzie replaced Robbie Deans in July and three straight defeats have increased the pressure on the new coach.

But Henry has backed McKenzie by saying Australia are "trying to play the game the right way".

The 67-year-old, who led the All Blacks to World Cup glory two years ago, said: "It's the way they should play because that's their mentality and that's their skill level.

"When they were the best team in the world at the turn of the century, they played an expansive game.

"I don't think you are going to win games by playing chess-board rugby and kicking the balls in the air and chasing it.

"That's not the way Australians play, and they haven't got the forward pack that can give you that sort of dominance.

"I think they're trying to play the game the right way. They're struggling at the moment but I think a couple of wins under Ewen will put them right."

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