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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 Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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