When Louise Burrows pulled off her Wallaroos jersey in 2006 to start a family, even the boldest of star gazers would have found it tough to predict it would be eight years before the chance to represent Australia presented its self again.
But on the cusp of a big season with the national team, which includes trips to New Zealand and France for the World Cup, Burrows has joined forces with the UC Brumbies front row to make sure she is well across the intricacies of contemporary scrum time.
At this stage, Burrows has been given the nod for the Tri-Nations tournament in New Zealand against the Kiwis and Canada, before the World Cup squad is named once the team returns to Australia.
Plenty has changed over the last decade up front, but with Steve Moore and Ben Alexander on hand to assist the utility front-rower, the signs are looking good for the Australian pack in 2014.
“I haven’t played a Test since 2006, so sessions like today are really important to make sure I’m ready to play international rugby again,” Burrows said.
“The calls and the way scrums pack are completely different now to what they were eight or 10 years ago, and Steve has been fantastic in making sure I’m across those changes.
“Steve is the best hooker in the world and although I can play on both sides of the scrum, my preferred position is hooker. To have access to Steve is a huge boost heading into the international season.”
Along with her fellow ACT representative Shelly Milward, the Australian side leaves in a month on Wednesday for New Zealand, with Burrows expected to feature heavily for the Wallaroos and push heavily for World Cup selection thereafter.