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Sheridan not living on reputation

Andrew Sheridan insisted his reputation for destroying Australian scrums will count for nothing in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.

The mere mention of Sheridan's name would be enough to send shivers down the spine of some Wallaby props after he demolished Australia's scrum in the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. The Wallabies arrive at Twickenham on Saturday with major question marks over their scrum once again after they struggled against Wales last weekend.

"We've had some good Test matches against them where the scrum has gone well but the last time I played them I didn't play particularly well, if I remember correctly," said Sheridan.

"With scrummaging it's always very important not to get carried away with how things have gone in the past or read too much into how Wales did against Australia last week.

"Because one thing you can guarantee with Australians is that they'll be coming at us with everything on Saturday.

"When you start believing that you're going to find it comfortable and march forward, that's when you can come unstuck. So it's important that we concentrate as hard as we did last week.

"Every scrum you have to concentrate fully. I didn't do that in one scrum back in October last year and I came out with a dislocated shoulder.

"Australia are good team to play against. They're an incredibly competitive bunch and whenever you play against them you know it's going to be a hell of a challenge."


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