The gesture that reflects what Wallabies captain Stephen Moore is about

Top bloke: Wallabies captain Stephen Moore will play his 100th Test in the World Cup quarter-final against Scotland. Photo: Chris HydeWallabies captain Stephen Moore and teammate Matt Giteau will become Test centurions in Australia’s World Cup quarter-final against Scotland on Monday morning (AEDT). A lot more will be said and written about both in the coming days. But with regards to Moore, 32, who played his first Test against Samoa in Sydney in June 2005, we learned of this story from the 2010 spring tour that truly reflects his character – and that of the Wallabies. After the captain’s run for the Test against England at Twickenham on November 13, the team’s former media unit producer for 14 years and 185 Tests, Anthony George, received a call with news that his father Neville had died. After the Test and midweek game against Munster, George returned for the funeral in Brisbane. He missed the Test against Italy on November 20, but was back for the Test against France at Stade de France in Paris on November 27. Before the match, George was on the field filming the Rocky Elsom-captained Wallabies as they warmed-up and returned to the locker room to switch into game kit. Unbeknown to him, the Wallabies leadership group, led by Nathan Sharpe and Moore, had decided, with the approval of coach Robbie Deans, to wear black arm bands in memory of George’s father – something he only learned of after they ran out for the game when a bench player told him. George was understandably taken aback by the moving gesture; but even then was still unaware of what was to come after the Wallabies ran away 59-16 winners. Back in the locker room amid the fanfare of celebration, one by one the Australian players came up to George and hugged him … the last of whom was Moore who in a quiet moment away from the mayhem gave him his Wallabies Test jersey.

The jersey Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore gave to Anthony George. Photo: supplied

What’s in a name

The Wallabies quarter-final against Scotland presents prop Scott Sio with a unique opportunity 24 years after the rugby god’s decided his name, reports our man in London, Chris Dutton. Sio’s dad David was part of Manu Samoa’s 1991 World Cup team which made the quarter-final against Scotland. Had Samoa won, David was going to name his son Manu. If they lost, he was going to name him Scott. Now Sio has a chance at family revenge. He has been instrumental in making the Wallabies’ scrum a weapon. “Realising the importance of one to eight in the scrum has been huge for us. Knowing that we’re going to get the most out of each other has been great so far,” Sio said. “In the past, people looked at scrums and thought, ‘Awww, scrum sessions’ but we really enjoy it now. “He’s [scrum coach Mario Ledesma] brought a great vibe to the unit session as a whole and everyone’s buying into it.”

What’s doing Wallabies

Training before a day-off on Thursday, so probably the last chance to press for selection. But barring injury concerns, this far into the World Cup coach Michael Cheika probably has an idea of what that line-up will be.

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They said it

“When we look at concussion, which has been a huge area of priority for us as a sport, we are actually seeing a tracking of less than the average for international Test rugby. We think we are making some progress in these areas,” World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper in irishtimes苏州美甲美睫培训学校 on a World Cup trend we hope remains.

What to watch

Sunday: Quarter-finals: South Africa v Wales – London (2am AEDT), New Zealand v France – Cardiff (6am AEDT), Ireland v Argentina – Cardiff (11pm AEDT)

Monday: Quarter-final: Australia v Scotland – London (2am AEDT)

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