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World Cup winning Wallaby Bob Egerton endorses the ScrumTruk

Bob Egerton, a member of the 1991 World Cup winning Wallaby team and long-serving player and coach with the Sydney University Football Club, admits to having been "a big fan of ScrumTruk since its inception." He recommends its use for players at all levels in the game.

Bob Egerton was the first Club Coach to use the ScrumTruk when in 2004 he and Todd Louden were setting up the Elite Development Squad (EDS) program at Sydney University's rugby club. The EDS program laid the foundation for the Club's subsequent success in winning premierships and developing professional players, and the ScrumTruk has been an integral part of the strength and conditioning section of the program.

When Bob returned to his first love of school teaching in 2005 he recommended to the Friends of Grammar Rugby that they also install the ScrumTruk. The Friends group had been set up to assist in overcoming Sydney Grammar School's lack of competitiveness in rugby. Renowned for its academic selectiveness and outstanding scholastic performances, the School was struggling to compete against schools whose focus was more on sporting ability and performance. The Friends funded the purchase of a ScrumTruk to "improve scrummaging strength and technique and allow productive work to be accomplished by boys in lunchtime workouts where appropriate."

In the past two seasons Grammar has made steady progress on the rugby field. In 2005 the First XV had two victories and a draw from their seven games in Sydney's Greater Public Schools (GPS) competition, and performed even better in 2006 winning three of their last four games and losing the other by a single point.

"I have been a big fan of ScrumTruk since its inception." says Bob Egerton. "Having played at all levels in the game and coached players of all abilities, I am well aware that preparation is everything. ScrumTruk provides a specificity of training off the field that enhances performance on it. This benefits players, whether they be School 1st XV or internationals. Having utilised ScrumTruk in my training programmes for the last 3 years, I thoroughly recommend its value."

Northampton Saints endorse the ScrumTruk

English Premiership club Northampton Saints pioneered the use of the ScrumTruk in the U.K. Performance Coach Tim Exeter installed two ScrumTruks prior to the 2005-2006 season. Exeter, a former Scotland A centre, worked in strength and conditioning with West Bromwich Albion FC, Coventry FC and Portsmouth FC, before coming back to rugby with Richmond RFC from 1997 to 1999 then joining the Saints in 2001 where his innovatory approach has revolutionised the performance department.

Tim Exeter credits the ScrumTruk with helping to improve the Saints' scrum performance:

"The addition of ScrumTruk has enhanced our training. It is position specific and gives better transfer than traditional exercises. It helps de-load the lumbar spine which traditionally is restricted post match for some days. We mix in with some traditional exercises and this helps give the necessary variety and stimulation to the players. We have adapted exercises using double leg, single leg and walking up and back and found functional improvements in strength and stability and the players like it!"

The ScrumTruk also receives strong endorsement from Tom Smith, who says: "I have found ScrumTruk invaluable as a tool to improve strength specifically related to scrimmaging whilst reducing the impact on lower back and shoulders." A world class prop, Smith, who has been a Saints player since 2001, was a 61-cap veteran with Scotland, as well as playing 6 back-to-back tests on the last two Lions tours.

Other users' opinions

"It's a great machine for developing pushing power in a controlled way", he said. "It's also unique; there is no other machine available where you can train by yourself to develop individual pushing power. Other machines require the whole pack to participate, but they are more for technique than developing pushing power. This is specific to the requirement of the game and much more effective than doing squats."

David Fitter, Wallabies, ACT Brumbies, Western Force and Sydney University front row forward.

" 2004 has been a very successful year for Sydney University rugby; winning the New South Wales Club Championship and all nine of our teams making the finals series. Throughout the grades the performance of the scrum has been outstanding, with wins against the feed and pushover tries occurring frequently. A major factor in our scrum dominance has been the players' use of the ScrumTruk machine which has significantly increased their pushing strength and self-confidence."

Todd Louden, Director of Rugby, Sydney University Football Club, 2004 (Australia's oldest rugby club and sixth-oldest in the world. It has produced 103 Wallabies)

"A short report on the ScrumTruk - The boys from Rugby are using to the max and enjoying same. Furthermore, I have convinced the boys doing squats the advantage of using the machine in lieu of squats. The Athletic and Basketball squads doing Plyometrics with me find the machine a great help to warm up and build up Quads before Plyometric Sessions."

Mike Cronin, PDHPE Dept, St Aloysius' College, Sydney (Strength and conditioning coach for Firsts Rugby, Soccer, Basketball and Tennis)

"For the past two years we have used the ScrumTruk as part of our weight training program. The ScrumTruk is the best machine available for replicating the scrummaging action and as a result we have seen some dramatic improvements in the scrummaging strength of our development players."

Steve Surridge, All Black and Head Coach 2005, Sydney University Football Club