Ranking the 5 Bad Boys of Australian Rugby

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Ranking the 5 Bad Boys of Australian Rugby
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New coach Ewen McKenzie must tame Wallabies bad boys

New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has been tasked with quickly rebuilding Wallaby confidence following their recent 41-16 drubbing at the hands of the British and Irish Lions.

Forthcoming back-to-back games with New Zealand in the Rugby Championship is hardly ideal for this mending process, and crucial to McKenzie’s chances will be his ability to get the Wallabies’ "bad boys" onside.

No team is squeaky clean, and most can accommodate one, perhaps two, individuals whose behavior tests the coach’s patience and the team’s collective spirit.

But in Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor and Digby Ioane, Australia have enough bad boys to last a generation, let alone one team.

The "errant" boot of captain James Horwill during the second Lions Test earns him a spot in this hall of shame.

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