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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005, 16:00 GMT
Jones urges Wallaby scrum school
Eddie Jones
Coach Eddie Jones has urged the Australian Rugby Union to fund a specialist scrum school after the Wallabies were hammered by England.

Australia's pack was crushed by England's giant front row, led by man of the match Andrew Sheridan

Jones said the ARU ignored his warnings of a scrummaging crisis after the World Cup two years ago - and insists the time has come to take action.

"We have to improve our technique and change the way we operate," said Jones.

"I suggested we needed a tight-five scrummaging school but it hasn't happened.

"I put the paper to the board because in 2003 we realised then we were behind in that area and only through being crafty were we able to get our way out of it."

Scrummaging is an art and it takes time to develop an art
Eddie Jones

Jones also suggested sending young forwards to serve an apprenticeship in Europe.

"We do have look to outside Australia to see how we can improve ourselves," he added.

"There was a size factor against England but also a technique factor as well.

"Andrew Sheridan led the way. He put enormous pressure on the right of our scrum and we didn't cope with him.

"England have two good props, a heavyweight hooker and two good locks. They were better than the French. They really went to take us in that area.

"We were exposed to a new level of scrummaging.

"We need our players to go to countries where the culture of rugby is their scrum. We don't have that culture in Australia.

"We have to have a range of personnel who can scrummage at this level. At the moment we don't have the luxury of choice.

"You can turn it around but scrummaging is an art and it takes time to develop an art."




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