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09:10  21 october  2019
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Former Wallaby Greg Martin has taken aim at Rugby Australia following the Wallabies' failed Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan.

The fallout from their embarrassing 40-16 quarter-final loss to England in Oita on Saturday has only just begun, with coach Michael Cheika sensationally walking away from his post.

On his way out, Cheika took a stab at Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and director of rugby Scott Johnson, saying he never had much contact with the governing body during his five-year tenure.

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And Martin, who played in nine Tests for the Wallabies, took Cheika's comments further by suggesting the current administration lacks an understanding for the game.

"I'm of the belief that the whole thing needs to be blown up," Martin told Fox Sports News.

"The chairman wasn't strong enough, the CEO hasn't been strong enough. We need rugby people in those positions.

"Whatever the process is the board, and there's some duds on it, they need to go. They need to get a new CEO and a new chairman with a bit of strength.

"I'm talking about true rugby nouse, not somebody who was a failure at her previous jobs. They need someone who understands rugby.

The veteran commentator in turn pointed to Wallabies great and colleague Phil Kearns, suggesting if he'd been appointed Rugby AU CEO ahead of Castle the Wallabies wouldn't have found themselves in this predicament.

"You think of someone like my colleague Phil Kearns, who should've been the CEO in 2017, but was overlooked in an absolute shamozzle, and I'm sure that'll come out one day," Martin quipped.

"A true rugby man who knows the game, because he's still coaching Phil Kearns, if he was made the boss in 2017 we would not be in this position."

Whilst he didn't hide his frustrations with the game's administration over recent years, Martin lauded the work of new rugby director Johnson.

He says the right person working alongside Johnson, who was brought in this year, will help steer the Wallabies' fortunes in the right direction.

"What we've seen this year is our schoolboys beat New Zealand for the first time in years, our under-20s were runners up at the World Cup and also beat the New Zealand under-20's," Martin said.

"We've got a crop coming through, and really a good crop of players can make a coach look good.

"Scott Johnson's done a great job as director of rugby. Making sure he's signed the young guys that'll go onto the next World Cup in four years' time.

"We've got a core now, we could put anyone there. That needs to be the structure, but we need a strong board full of rugby people.

"Sure it's a business, but rugby's unlike other games, most people in top positions are businessmen, they are business people who understand how to be on a board, plus they understand rugby."

Martin is the latest name in the Wallabies circle to play the blame game, after Quade Cooper took aim at Cheika following his resignation, saying he should've walked a while ago.

Rugby Australia will be forced to answer many hard questions in coming weeks, amidst the Wallabies' poor World Cup campaign.

Adding insult to their ugly quarter-final exit is the fact that Japan have leapfrogged Australia in the rankings, who have slipped to seventh.

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"We’ve got to be careful thatThe Wallabies are on the hunt for a new head coach after Michael Cheika was axed two weeks ago, with New Zealander and Glasgow boss Dave Rennie the favourite.

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