Moore stresses importance of scrum

Date published: June 10 2016

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Wallabies captain Stephen Moore is hoping his front row can build off their impressive performances at last year's Rugby World Cup against England this weekend.

Moore will be reunited with Scott Sio and Sekope Kepu for the first time since the trio made noticable strides under the guidance of scrum coach Mario Ledesma during the 2015 tournament, although Greg Holmes has the start at tighthead.

The improvements made by the Australian scrum was one of the stories of the Rugby World Cup, but Moore is keen to shelve that acclaim for now as the front row prep to take on Eddie Jones' England.

"It's a long time ago now, so a lot has happened since then and we've got to reset the bar," Moore told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"We haven't played together as a front row this year so this is our first opportunity to show what it means to us.

"We've worked hard on that part of the game as we did last year and we know how important it is at Test level." 

Moore also made clear that while the run to the World Cup final with Michael Cheika only at the helm for a few months was a success, the focus now was purely on getting the new year of to the best possible start.

"We just want to play well in our first game of the season, we haven't spoken too much about the outcome or the result or the opposition," Moore added.

"We want to make sure we do our fans proud." 

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