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Dwyer Fears Scrum Inconsistency At World Cup

Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer fears Rugby World Cup 2015 will be blighted by a lack of consistency in the refereeing of scrums. The 1991 Rugby World Cup-winning coach, speaking
08 Jan 2015 11:09
Dwyer Fears Scrum Inconsistency At World Cup

Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer fears Rugby World Cup 2015 will be blighted by a lack of consistency in the refereeing of scrums.

The 1991 Rugby World Cup-winning coach, speaking exclusively to ESPN following the completion of the November Test series, said teams would have to be adaptable and prepare for a variety of different law interpretations.

“I don’t think there’s any chance of having a consistent, accurate interpretation across the board,” Dwyer told ESPN.

“I think it’s going to vary from referee to referee and game to game, and I think it’s up to each scrum to be capable of adjusting their technique both in an attacking sense and a defensive sense. So I think it’s up to us as individuals to sort that out.”

Dwyer also discussed England’s 26-17 defeat of Australia at Twickenham, a match the home side secured on the back of a dominant set-piece- albeit with the help of some questionable scrum tactics.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said after the match that his side would need to re-evaluate their set-piece approach, and Dwyer said the Wallabies need to put more time and training into their scrum ahead of next year’s global showpiece.

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