Richard Ferguson

Aussie scrum bulked up

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :In the news, Wallabies on 12 Nov 2010 at 10:18
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The return of hooker Stephen Moore is the only change to the Wallabies line-up, as coach Robbie Deans attempts to bulk up his front row ahaead of the clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 27-year-old comes back to the starting line-up in place of Saia Faingaa as Austalia prepare for a ferocious scrummaging contest against their old northern hemisphere rivals England.

Faingaa appears to be the only scapegoat for the hammering the Wallabies took up front against Wales last week, with the Reds hooker dropping out of the match-day 22 altogether.

Elsewhere Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has kept faith with the side which defeated Wales 25-16 in Cardiff last weekend. Deans said Moore’s return would give Australia vital set piece experience as they go up against an English pack which just shaded their scrum contest against the All Blacks last weekend.

Moore was man of the match when Australia’s scrum dominated England at Twickenham in 2008 and was also a member of the Wallabies side which won the corresponding fixture last year.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Mark Chisholm, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.

Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 James Slipper, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Lachie Turner.

Date: Saturday, November 13
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Christophe Berdos (France), Simon Mcdowell (Ireland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)


  • What a team Aus should take this 1!

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.11.10 11:48:04 by Ben Reply
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  • A Clever strategy for Oz would be to wear blue headgear . ..

    Joubert might confuse them for the bulls!

    Go high on OZ tomorrow punters :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.11.10 12:06:05 by Original Champion Reply
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