Georgians 'can prop up Wallabies' By Bret Harris July 11, 2008 FORMER World Cup-winning assistant coach Tim Lane has urged the Australian Rugby Union to consider recruiting powerful young Georgian frontrowers to improve Australia's scrum. Lane, who will coach Georgia for the next four years, was amazed by the depth of talent in the front row in Georgia. "I go to a lot of the club games over there and there are under-16 and -18 props who are huge, enormous kids ... very, very strong," said Lane, who assisted coach Rod McQueen when Australia won the 1999 World Cup. "Props are not a problem for us in Georgia. We could probably go down to our 10th or 12th prop and play them in our Six Nations tournament and they'd be very strong. "I said to (former ARU high performance manager) Pat Howard, you should come over and look at these kids because it's a great opportunity for a kid to come to a country like Australia and add value to where we have struggled a little bit in certain areas. 'It has had such a proud tradition of scrummagers. The only players who played in France 10 to 15 years ago were front-rowers. They wouldn't look at backs or backrowers." Georgia's tradition of wrestling and weightlifting was largely responsible for the country's front-row strength. "'Their national sport, apart from soccer and rugby, is wrestling," Lane said. "They have won many world championships, Olympic medals. "And weightlifting is a sport that they get into as well. They are a big nation. The 16- and 18-year-old props are huge. It's incredible." Lane plans to take Georgia on a tour of Australia next June. "We are going to play Western Force. Hopefully, the Reds and Australia A," Lane said. "They (the ARU) were very happy to bring us out and promote Georgian rugby and hopefully give the Australian teams a bit of knowledge in scrum play."