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Australia no longer 'the wobblies' at scrum time

 Australia rugby team players Ben Alexander left, and Scott Higginbotham during the team's training in Auckland,  New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 201...
 Australia rugby team player Stephen Moore, right, takes a passing practice during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2...
 Members of the Italian rugby team walk through the terminal upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Australia

Australia rugby team players Ben Alexander left, and Scott Higginbotham during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 201...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Australia

Australia rugby team player Stephen Moore, right, takes a passing practice during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

Members of the Italian rugby team walk through the terminal upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will ...

Ben Alexander can tell when the scrummaging questions are imminent. As soon as a microphone or tape recorder is thrust in his face, a detailed history of Australia's set-piece shortcomings usually follows from a skeptical inquisitor.
Despite being at his first World Cup, the Wallabies tighthead prop no longer cares what people think.
He says "we've had people writing off the Australian scrum for years, it's like water off a duck's back now."
Alexander, Stephen Moore and Sekope Kepu are set to lock horns in the front row with Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni, Fabio Ongaro and Andrea Lo Cicero in Auckland on Sunday.
Lo Cicero can't wait for the match, saying "it starts with the scrum" because "rugby is confrontation."


Updated : 2021-07-27 20:56 GMT+08:00