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Italy makes history by taking down the Wallabies in Florence

The Wallabies have hit new lows, losing to Italy for the first time in a 28-27 thriller in Florence.

Rookie playmaker Ben Donaldson missed a chance after full time to lead Australia to victory but pushed through his conversion attempt as the Azzurri rejoiced in a famous victory on Saturday.

Dave Rennie will forever be dogged for making a dozen changes to his starting line-up after becoming the first manager in 19 Tests and a 40-year rivalry to preside over a Wallabies loss to the 12th-ranked Italians.

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But while a host of personnel changes after last week’s spirited 30-29 loss to France in Paris negated the Wallabies’ cohesion and continuity, a lack of discipline once again cost the Wallabies dearly. Rennie.

Rugby world’s most penalized top-tier team conceded 16 penalties at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to be on the defensive all afternoon.

Failed lineouts, poor defensive reads and fundamental errors also saw the Wallabies come unstuck in an upset that leaves Rennie with a 37.5-percent winning record in his 32-Test tenure.

The Wallabies were messy from the get-go, winger Tom Wright striking from kick-off to give Italy the first attacking opportunity.

Three points were enough for the Azzurri to score the first points of the game.

The Wallabies, not showing much respect for their opponent, fended off a chance to score points with a penalty shortly after at the other end before Noah Lolesio finally conceded a shot from the front to level up.

Wallabies running back Jake Gordon was given a yellow card for pushing Allan for a touch of the ball after Melbourne-raised, Brisbane-bred Monty Ioane had instigated a threatening drive down the left flank.

Capitalizing on his one-man lead, it was right winger Pierre Bruno who crossed into the corner for the first down.

The Wallabies then paid the price for also being slow to collapse after a midfield explosion from Will Skelton.

The Azzurri turned the possession around and showed deft hands to quickly pass the ball straight to Capuozzo, who made a fool of himself and ran to give Italy a 17-3 lead.

A Wright try in the air finally bagged Australia’s first try in the 31st minute, but Lolesio missed two conversion attempts after a rare second shot following an illegal charge by the hosts, leaving the Wallabies down nine points at half-time. .

An Australian comeback came into view when Fraser McReight landed and Lolesio converted to cut the deficit to two points in a row after halftime.

But the Wallabies found themselves under intense pressure when fullback Capuozzo scored his second try to put Italy 10 points ahead with minutes remaining.

An attempt by Tom Robertson, which Lolesio converted from the touchline, then a five-pointer by replacement forward Cadeyrn Neville in the 81st minute gave the Wallabies a chance to snatch the win from him.

But with Lolesio out, Donaldson, just minutes into his Test debut, stepped forward and shoved his shot wide.

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