TOKYO – Australia prop Scott Sio said the Wallabies pack would be ready to scrum for 80 minutes when they face England in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Oita on Saturday.
England monstered Australia at the scrum in the 2007 quarter-finals, with the Wallabies taking their revenge in the 2015 pool match which sent the hosts crashing out of their own tournament.
Scrummaging is in the DNA of English rugby, however, and Sio knows the Australian forwards will have to be prepared for another mighty scrap at the weekend.
"If we have to scrum every minute of the 80 minutes, we're ready to do that as well," loosehead Sio told reporters.
"It's just being prepared for any situation that comes in there, but once you know the ball is knocked on it's ready to go, it's about connecting, getting the right messages to the forward pack and then providing a solid base there for our backs."