Watch: Sam Warburton Demonstrates Why Australia Are So Good At The Breakdown

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy


Sam Warburton and Brian O’Driscoll illustrated how effective Australia were at the breakdown during the World Cup.

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Despite losing the World Cup Final to New Zealand, Australia and their back row emerged from the tournament with a huge amount of credit. Despite only being involved in five of Australia’s seven World Cup fixtures, David Pocock managed to win a massive 17 turnovers.

The combination of Pocock, Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy might now even be recognised as the most effective backrow combination in world rugby.

Sam Warburton, arguably the northern hemisphere’s best poacher, demonstrated on Rugby Tonight how Pocock wins so many turnovers and how he utilises the body positions of other players lying in the ruck to do so.