Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie feels the heat ahead of clash


EMBATTLED Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has offered to listen to any disgruntled player if they have any issues with his coaching.

McKenzie (pictured) is feeling the heat from all quarters over the Kurtley Beale texting scandal that has split ranks and created tension before Saturday night's all-important Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.

McKenzie has been forced to defend himself on several fronts as Beale faces a code of conduct hearing over text messages he sent to teammates involving the team's former business manager Di Patston.

"It hasn't been easy, but that's life," McKenzie said.

"My job is to get a group of people to play with purpose and get an outcome on the weekend.

"Is it about a popularity contest? It can't be. Because the only people who will like you will be 15 in the starting team. I don't care. I actually want them to respect me."

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