Gallaher Cup - New Zealand v France
Wyatt Crockett rejects scrum criticism
ESPN Staff
June 7, 2013
The Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett charges forward against the Highlanders, Highlanders v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, March 3, 2012
Wyatt Crockett says the criticism is water off a duck's back © Getty Images

Wyatt Crockett remains unconcerned by criticism of his scrummaging technique, saying as he prepares for his first Test against France at Eden Park on Saturday that issues raised most notably in recent weeks by Blues assistant coach and former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry are nothing new to him.

"I'm used to those wee cracks at me," Crockett said. "It's all good, I'm not too worried about it."

The Crusaders prop has 11 Test caps, but he is looking forward to the competitiveness he is sure will be coming from France's pack.

"I've seen the way they play and they are pretty rugged," he said. "[I] love that forward confrontation so it is exciting. I'll just let my actions do the speaking on the weekend. I'm really excited, I've been working hard and I'm just looking forward to the opportunity."

Crockett said the All Blacks front-rowers had been analysing what the French tried to do in their scrum. He also said the combination with Dane Coles was working fine as the group had time together during the 2012 end-of-year tour to Britain.

"We've got to make sure we turn up and do the business, we've worked on strategies to try and combat what they try and do but you've actually got to go out there and do it, and that is going to be the key on Saturday," he said.

The All Blacks were expecting "huge intensity" from France. Crockett said. "They'll be passionate, they'll be tackling hard, running hard. I guess we'll just be expecting a massive challenge. We'll be ready for it on Saturday night, I'm sure."

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