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NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby win will help Wallabies reclaim Bledisloe Cup

Ben Alexander says a Waratahs win could spark a Bledisloe Cup bid.

Ben Alexander says a Waratahs win could spark a Bledisloe Cup bid. Photo: Getty Images

Momentum is hard to stop and Wallabies prop Ben Alexander believes if the NSW Waratahs win their inaugural Super Rugby title it will help springboard the Australian side to ending its 12-year Bledisloe Cup drought.

Having seen the Waratahs' staunch defence first hand, ACT Brumbies bookend Alexander thinks the Tahs have what it takes to win their maiden title when they face the Canterbury Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

This means the Wallabies could win back the Bledisloe Cup, which the All Blacks have held since 2003.

The Waratahs include 11 members of Ewen McKenzie's 32-man squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship campaign, which opens against the Kiwis at  ANZ Stadium on August 16.

Alexander has backed the Brumbies' fiercest rivals to win their first Super Rugby title and wants them to use that momentum against the All Blacks two weeks later.

He witnessed a similar lift when the Queensland Reds won the title in 2011.

"You look at guys like [Tatafu Polota-Nau], Sekope Kepu, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Bernard Foley, Israel Folau - if those guys go and win the title the confidence that they'll bring to the group will be huge," Alexander said.

"We saw it when the Reds won it. Guys like Willy Genia and Quadey [Cooper], James Horwill brought a lot of momentum and brought  a lot of positive energy into the Wallabies when the Reds won it in 2011.

"I really hope that those guys do the job and bring the momentum to the Wallabies and it'll be a good season."

The Brumbies also have 11 players in McKenzie's squad.

While the Super Rugby province is losing 17 players and staff from this year's set-up, Alexander was confident they had the core to challenge for the 2015 title.

He said the bulk of that core were young but starting  to become experienced campaigners.

Another Wallabies campaign will only further help  their development.

"It's all experience. We had two guys, [Jesse Mogg] and [Sam Carter], play their 50th games [on Saturday]," he said.

"A lot of the young guys, [Nic White]'s played 50, [Matt] Toomua's played 50 this year, [Henry Speight]'s played 50, so there's a lot of guys who are now really experienced Super Rugby players and have still got their best footy ahead of them."

Brumbies and Wallabies playmaker Toomua also hopes the Australian Super Rugby teams' momentum will carry on into the international season.

The Waratahs have made the grand final, the Brumbies made the semis and the Western Force fell one win short of their first finals campaign.

"It's bloody exciting ... hopefully this momentum can carry on. We've still got a massive task ahead of us in terms of trying to get a win against the All Blacks," Toomua said.

"But it helps having two Aussie teams up there and hopefully it helps with confidence if an Australian team can win the Super Rugby title."

But White was more circumspect, saying to ensure the long-term success of Australian rugby the Aussie Super Rugby teams needed to back it up next year.

They can't afford to rest on their laurels or the fans will vote with their feet.

"It is heading in the right direction, this is what Australian rugby needs at the moment, but it needs to be consistent," White said.

"Next year we need Aussie sides at the pointy end of the Super Rugby table.

"If we want fans to come back ... it's a pretty flooded market here in Australia, so it has to happen all the time if we going to bring fans back. We need to have semi-finals with two Aussie sides more often."

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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