Australia's Sean McMahon is tackled by France's Jean-Marc Doussain during their Test match at the Stade de France in Paris.
Australia's Sean McMahon is tackled by France's Jean-Marc Doussain during their Test match at the Stade de France in Paris. Michel Euler

Pain of England series whitewash inspiring Wallabies

RUGBY UNION: Back-rower Sean McMahon says the humiliation of the 3-0 series loss to England mid-year fuelled the fire within the Wallabies to make their Spring Tour a success.

The touring Aussies made it three from three on the weekend when they secured their second successive thrilling win, this time over France 25-23 in Paris.

It followed a heart-stopping one-point win over Scotland.

The Wallabies have now set their sights on Ireland, before a final Test against England, which has just notched its 11th straight win under coach Eddie Jones.

"As a team, when you're in a losing locker room you all sit down and you start thinking about how much it hurts,” he said.

"I think we've just built throughout the year and said 'that's it, it's time for us to step up' and it's all about battling to the very end so we've finally bought into that and we're all fighting.

"We don't care what the score is we're just having a crack and not stopping.

"Personally myself (the turning point), it would have been after the England series and I think all the boys probably - I can't speak for them - but I think we all had to pull through as team and come together and get tight.”

McMahon, 22, returned to the starting line-up for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against South Africa last month.

"I just went out there and obviously coming back from injury you're always a little bit hesitant but I thought I'd just go out there and go 110% and do whatever I can to get an opportunity next week,” he said.

"So I was pretty happy with the performance, especially with (it being) my first game back in about seven weeks.”


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