Former Wallaby captain and Land Rover ambassador George Gregan today looked ahead to the final Australia v. France test this weekend, which sees the Wallabies aim to make it a series whitewash. Gregan was on a special Rugby World Cup 2015 mission with Worldwide Partner Land Rover as he took the Webb Ellis Cup deep into the Blue Mountains as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour which is currently in Sydney, but took time out to preview this weekend’s final test.
“I’m really pleased with the Wallabies’ progress in the first two Test matches. Two contrasting Tests; a really attacking one – it was high-scoring in the first Test in Brisbane, and a really tight, tough Test match in Melbourne. I like their chances for the third Test. Bernard Foley has really stood out for me so far this season. I’ve been really impressed with him at fly-half. Sam Carter’s debut Test in Brisbane was also outstanding and Israel Folau is getting better and better at the back. All in all the team has been very consistent being led by Michael Hooper.”
Hooper, who is once again appointed as captain following his success in the second test last weekend, has Gregan’s backing: “I would definitely choose Michael Hooper (as captain). It’s obviously a huge shame for Stephen Moore as he was a well-earned captain through playing 93 Test matches but unfortunately injured himself playing in that first Test in Brisbane. Michael Hooper though has been very consistent when he’s played for both the Waratahs and the Wallabies and just seems to get better and better.”
The Wallabies play the final test against France on Saturday afternoon in Sydney. Gregan warned that his former team can’t be complacent despite being 2-0 up: “The Test match in Melbourne wasn’t the most attacking game but that’s just Test match rugby. Sometimes it’s a battle of wills and that was definitely the case in Melbourne. For the Wallabies to get back to that attacking flair and that rhythm they had in the first Test match, it really comes down to the contact area, when it comes to the tackle line. If they can break the tackle line with good attack and get good quality ball, then that allows them to play that expansive game. The first Test was a tight affair for the first 50 minutes or so and the Wallabies then found their rhythm but it’s going to be a different French team in this last test match. They’ll have a lot to play for and want to finish the tour on a positive note. If I was to say anything to them it would be “Stay positive, find your attacking rhythm, back yourself and if you get in front then really put the accelerator on against the French, don’t give them the chance.””
“For my score prediction I’d have to go with Australia by ten points.”
Incidentally the highest-capped scrum half of all-time couldn’t resist a cheeky selfie with the Trophy:
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