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Ross watched with interest as Australia’s scrum were taken to the cleaners by Italy during the autumn internationals and has vowed to step up to the plate in Rome.
He said: “There's certainly an element of pressure, especially as it's my first Six Nations appearance.
“The scrum concept is a strange one - if you're a prop that's what you're examined on.
“It's a bit like a hooker not hitting any of his targets in the line-out or a second row not taking any. But I've been given my chance now and I have to take it.
“I take pride in my scrummaging. It's something there has been a lot of focus placed on in recent seasons. It's good to have a strong facet of one's game that is recognised.
“Playing Italy in Rome is certainly a measure of where you are. The Italians have a very good scrum, they're very aggressive and very strong.
“There's Martin Castrogiovanni, who does the business week in and week out in the Premiership. And there's Andrea Lo Cicero and Salvatore Perugini, who are strong men and no shrinking violets.
“You know that if you don't front up in that area, there's going to be a long afternoon ahead of you. In their match against Australia last November they just kept it in for five, six, ten seconds, trying to force it.
“Eventually the Australians wilted, Italy drove over and got their penalty. So we really need to step up to the mark in that area. If they sense a weakness there, they'll just go for it all day and won't let up.”