The Wallabies eight continued to show improvement against the All Blacks in the recent Bledisloe Cup decider, as they were able to withstand an all-out-assault from their more experienced opponents in the scrum.
And while Foley openly conceded the All Blacks still remain the best scrummagers in World Rugby he is confident the Wallabies’ can now hold their own.
“We played the best scrum in the world (last match) in the Kiwis and the first scrum of the match was a very good scrum, probably the best scrum we’ve had in some years,” Foley said.
“We also had a very good test five metres out from our own line and I was confident with the guys we had out there that that wouldn’t be an issue for us.”
Foley, a member of the triumphant 1999 World Cup squad, said the Wallabies will take an uncompromising approach into their 2007 campaign.
“Moving into the World Cup I think the guys are in a very good position to be aggressive about their scrummaging and we will enter every game with that as a mentality,” Foley said.
“As a forward group our mentality to the contest is to have a go which we believe is very much the Australian attitude to everything.”
“We’ll go to this World Cup and that will be our attitude with our scrummaging and we’re quietly confident that we’ll put in a very good showing in that aspect of our play.”
But Foley knows it won’t be easy and while happy to admit the Kiwis have the best scrum he said a number of teams are now very strong scrummagers.
“We know Argentina, as everybody does, is a traditionally powerful scrum, they’re a big scrum (and) we know that South Africa are very similar to Argentina in that sense,” Foley said.
“Ireland have worked hard on their scrum … (and) you saw England with what they would have thought was a slightly weaker squad go to South Africa and be quite competitive in that area.”
“Scrummaging … is going to be a major part I think of this World Cup … one of the challenges of our game is to understand how we can provide an environment which is both competitive but also that it doesn’t detract from the spectacle,” he said. www.sportal.com.au