Fardy happy to fly under the radar

Date published: October 21 2015

While his fellow back-rowers Michael Hooper and Pocock have been in the limelight for their performances at the Rugby World Cup, Wallabies blindside flanker Scott Fardy is happy to be underneath the radar.

Hooper and Pocock have been in fine form, particularly at the breakdowns, while Fardy has quietly gone about his work at the coalface of the Wallabies' forward effort.

“I like being in the shadows and not being as noticed as much as those two, it's quite enjoyable," said Fardy.

"But obviously it's a real honour to play alongside Pooey (Pocock) and Hoops (Hooper) because they are both really good players.”

Fardy is excited by the prospect of Pocock making a possible return from injury when Australia take on Argentina in their semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday.

“I think it'll be great to have Dave back," he added.

"We are always looking to have guys like David, who is a special player, back in the side. But we're very confident in the back row depth that we have got.”

Meanwhile, Fardy's team-mate, inside centre Matt Giteau expects a tough encounter against los Pumas. 

“Every World Cup, they're very good," he said.

"Whatever they do, they always seem to peak in these tournaments. They’re incredibly dangerous, you saw what they were able to do to Ireland and how far they pushed New Zealand in the first game. 

"Every round they’ve been really good. They’ve blown teams away quite easily.”

Giteau identified Argentina openside flanker Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe as one of their dangermen.

“He’s a beautiful man," he said.

"I always told him that when he was at Toulon. He’s very skilful, he’s tough, defensively strong and adds a lot of stability to that team. 

"I know what it’s like to play with him, especially in big games. He is a very, very good player, very confident in what he does and the things he can do a lot of other players can’t.”