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Ryan gets reward for relaxing on the job

Paddy Ryan ... credits chilling out for his success.

Paddy Ryan ... credits chilling out for his success. Photo: Brendan Esposito

PARIS: Debutant prop Paddy Ryan credits chilling out for his stellar rise from fringe Waratah to Wallaby this year.

The Tamworth-raised forward, who will start from an enlarged eight-man bench in the Wallabies Test against France on Saturday (Sunday, 7am, Sydney time), said a decision to enjoy the last year on his Waratahs contract was the key to unlocking his form.

''At the start of the year I knew it was my last year contracted and I'd only played three games the previous year and I just figured I was really going to enjoy it as much as I could,'' Ryan said. ''I went well at training at the start, I was scrummaging well, [former coach Michael Foley] seemed pretty happy with me and it just flowed on from there, so I've really tried to keep that going.''

Ryan, a product of rugby nursery St Joseph's College, also took his lead from Waratahs internationals past and present, including Al Baxter, Sekope Kepu and Benn Robinson.

''I was a little bit more serious last year, got a bit concerned about things I didn't need to and I really felt I've learnt a lot from [those] guys … the way they play but also the way they approach their rugby,'' he said. ''There's three pretty different approaches and they all seem to play well, they're all really good props.''

Ryan, 24, is one of many Wallabies whose run out on to the Stade de France pitch on Saturday will be their first. His parents are flying over to watch the match.

''At the start of the year I was talking about just getting into the Waratahs team so to be here now is pretty surprising and very exciting,'' he said. ''I've got no idea what to expect, I know it'll be tougher and faster than anything at Super Rugby level but there's still an unknown.''

From rookie to veteran, reserve hooker Stephen Moore said he was delighted to be back in the Wallabies jersey after a hamstring injury threatened his international season and thwarted his march to the title of Australia's most capped hooker.

''It's obviously difficult watching the boys, particularly doing well in the last few Tests, so it's good to be back now and I've got to try and keep that consistency from the last game,'' Moore said.

He is one of the few survivors from Australia's resounding 2010 Test victory against France and said the Wallabies needed to pull out all stops. ''We need to replicate our performance against the All Blacks, I think, because the things that we did well there are going to be important again,'' Moore said. ''Whilst we only drew that match we did a lot well and it's those things that are going to help us … Our start to the game was really good and our intensity around the breakdown was really good, and those sort of things are important in any Test match.''

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
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
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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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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