Smith learning every day

by Staff Writer

Toby Smith is relishing the opportunity to be part of the World Cup.

The 27-year-old has made one start through the tournament, against Uruguay in the pool stages.

He said the motivation of improvement drove him each week, regardless of whether he packed down in the scrum on game day.

“It’s a World Cup’s pretty easy to get motivated for that sort of thing even though I haven’t played the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“It’s s just about pushing myself at training and pushing the other players to get better and doing what I can to contribute and being ready also if I get another opportunity.

Smith has been training on both sides of the scrum to continue to enhance his versatility and be ready in case of a call up.

Regardless of how many chances Smith has to play, he is taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from some experienced Aussie players

The former Chiefs player has played two caps since he was signed to the Rebels in 2014, one of the less experienced members of the Australian squad.

Smith said he was embracing the opportunity to learn off players like Stephen Moore and Matt Giteau, who will play their 100th Test matches on Sunday against Scotland.

“To be in a squad and a team with such experience players and pretty amazing for me,” he said.

“I’ve sort of loved learning off those guys and seeing how they operate and seeing the things that have made them such great players.

“ It’s been good to feel so welcomed from those senior guys and they’re able to help us get used to rugby at this level and want to help us.”

The highlight of his maiden World Cup campaign was the Wallabies’ win over Uruguay, with Smith handed his second Wallabies cap in Birmingham.

“That’s why we’re doing it so actually playing that game was great,” he said.

“Then also the atmospheres - the England game, the Wales game especially is something I won’t forget.”

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