In the July window, Australia lost the three-game series to England at home, losing two of them, and that’s how they get to the start of the 2022 Rugby Championship against Argentina in Mendoza.

Recent numbers are not on the side of the Wallabies, who have only won one of their last nine away Tests (one draw and seven defeats), when they beat Japan 32-23 in October 2021.

However, according to Opta data, two of their last three empty-handed games came with a margin of two or fewer points on the scoreboard. Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper and company only need to adjust small details on defense.

Another of the negative points to highlight for the Aussies is the lack of forcefulness in the first half: they won only one of their last six meetings and they did not lead the scoreboard at half time in any of them. Again, small differences in the result are the explanation, since they fell by margins of eight units or less.

Therefore, Australia faces a real test to return to the highest level and regain the lost throne in the Southern Hemisphere, one that last had it as monarch in 2015, when they also reached the World Cup final against New Zealand.

Precisely in that year in which the Wallabies won the Rugby Championship for the last time, it was with Michael Cheika as coach (runner-up in the world in 2015 and 2019), today coach of Los Pumas, rivals who have just won the test match series of July to Scotland.

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