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Pyle thrives in Wallaby camp

Russell Jackson 29/06/2011 02:53:35 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Rebels backrower Hugh Pyle says he's benefitted enormously from the short time spent training with a couple of his boyhood idols at a Wallabies' camp in Sydney this week.

The 22-year-old, who has been tipped as a bolter to make his Test debut against Samoa on July 17, was part of a national scrum camp at Coogee Oval.

The squad was comprised of players whose franchises had been knocked out of the Super Rugby competition and included a mix of youth and experience.

Two of those experienced players Pyle was packing down with were Wallabies' stalwarts Nathan Sharpe and Dan Vickerman.

"You can learn a lot from those quality players just by watching them train and how they apply themselves. It's been a good experience for me," Pyle said.

"It's about learning more technical aspects of the game that I haven't been aware of.

"There's a lot of top end second-rowers I've admired like John Eales, Nathan Sharpe and Dan Vickerman who I have watched in my high school years of playing. I like to think I model myself on guys like that."

Pyle is aware of the talk surrounding his possible selection in the Australian side but he's trying to keep his feet on the ground.

"There's a lot of high quality second-rowers around in Australia at the moment and it's a tough ask to get in there and if I'm an option I'll be happy to be there," he said.

"I'm going to go back and play for Warringah this week. I'm looking forward to getting back to club rugby and playing with some old school mates.

"It would be a dream come true to play for the Wallabies but at the moment I'm just taking it as it comes."

Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore, who is expected to start against Samoa with Queensland rake Saia Faingaa, was delighted with the youngsters he worked with at the scrum camp.

"It's been good to see some of the other boys from around the place," Moore said.

"We've had a lot of good young players coming through the ranks for a number of years now and you can see their development and there's certainly some really good depth in the front row now."

The Wallabies will have another scrum camp next week.

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