Wallabies focus on scrums
22 July, 2015, 12:00 am
SYDNEY – Australia’s newest scrum doctor Mario Ledesma is determined to change the world’s perception of the Wallabies as easybeats in that area, as he prepares for a hot reception back in the land of his birth.
Ledesma, who played 84 Tests for Argentina as a hooker, has recently started working with the Wallabies on set pieces after performing the same function for the NSW Waratahs through the Super Rugby season. The Wallabies oft maligned scrum came in for another grilling after some shaky moments in the season-opening Test against South Africa last weekend.
They can expect another thorough examination next weekend in Mendoza against Argentina, a nation renowned for their scrummaging prowess.
The fixture marks the return home of former Pumas hooker Ledesma, who represented Argentina at four World Cups over a 15-year international career, which finished in 2011.
He denied the Wallabies scrum was their achilles heel, but acknowledged that may be the perception outside Australia.