Ross aims to fix Ireland’s scrum

IRELAND prop Mike Ross believes he is the equipped to help combat Italy’s powerful scrum when the sides meet in Rome tomorrow.

A latecomer to the international scene, despite having established his reputation at provincial level, the 31-year-old knows he must deliver on his third Test appearance.

“There’s certainly an element of pressure, especially as it’s my first Six Nations appearance,” he said. “The scrum concept is a strange one – if you’re a prop that’s what you’re examined on.

“I’ve been given my chance now and I have to take it. I take pride in my scrummaging.

“It’s something there has been a lot of focus placed on in recent seasons. It’s good to have a strong facet of one’s game that is recognised.”