1 Nov 2009

Wallabies look to move forward after loss

11:41 am on 1 November 2009

The Wallabies have shifted their focus to a rare grand slam attempt in the British Isles after opening their spring tour with a 32-19 Bledisloe Cup loss to the All Blacks in Tokyo.

Robbie Deans' side leave Japan looking to move on after suffering a seventh successive defeat at the hands of their relentless trans-Tasman rivals.

Deans says while the loss was disappointing, they've got an exciting new opportunity ahead of them, and insists they'll be better for the loss in Tokyo.

For the fifth time in their past six Bledisloe Tests, the Wallabies wasted a halftime lead, this time a 16-13 advantage, giving the All Blacks a 4-0 series whitewash - the sweep also marking the first time since 1962 that Australia have lost four times in a single season to New Zealand.

The match marked flanker Rocky Elsom's first as captain, who lamented his side's inability to take advantage of chances.

The Wallabies kick off their UK campaign with a mid-week fixture against Gloucester on Tuesday night, with Deans to finalise his mostly second-string team upon arrival in London on Monday.

They then tackle England on the weekend, followed by tests on successive weekends against Ireland in Dublin, Scotland in Edinburgh and Wales in Cardiff.