BATHURST, NSW - Test prop James Slipper insists the Wallabies' scrum has improved since it was dismantled by the All Blacks last year, and might just be ready to put their Kiwi tormenters "under pressure".
The Wallabies won just 60 per cent of their own feeds against New Zealand throughout last year's Bledisloe Cup campaign.
However, that was the first time either side had competed under the new scrum laws hich minimises the force of collision and requires the halfback to feed the ball straighter.
With one year of rugby under their belts since the "crouch-bind-set" command came into play, Slipper insists the Wallabies pack will be a much improved outfit for the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on August 16.
"In that first game, both teams were kind of feeling out the new laws," he said.
"It was pretty scrappy. Both teams were guilty of feeding it in crooked.
"But over the last year, especially our spring tour and against France, we've really scrummed at a level we're happy with."