Western Force prop Tom Robertson admitted that he called Australia head coach Dave Rennie after missing out on selection in the recently concluded series against France.
Robertson featured in 24 Tests for the Wallabies between 2016 and 2018 but was overlooked by Rennie during the three-game competition against the Les Bleus which the Wallabies went on to win 2-1.
Recalling the conversation with Rennie, Robertson said he worked on the advice given by the Wallabies coach during his training with Western Force and his efforts were rewarded immediately as the 5ft 11in prop was included in the 42-man squad named for the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby Championship.
“I called him (after missing selection against France). I wanted to know what he wanted me to work on in that time off,” Robertson said.
“He said the set-piece was good and he was happy with my scrum work and line-out this year.
“But around the field as a front-rower, sometimes pulling your head out of the scrum, you can walk or jog around the field and not be very dynamic.
“He just wants me to work on my agility and getting more dynamic around the ball. Working on my foot work in contact to get pass that gain line.”
Australia and All Blacks will kick-start this year's Bledisloe Cup with a clash at Eden Park in Auckland on 7th August after the New Zealand government granted an exemption for the Wallabies players to travel inside the country.