Newport Gwent Dragons are bracing themselves for a stern test of their scrummaging prowess when they visit Aironi on Sunday.
While the scrum has caused the Men of Gwent problems in recent times, it is one of Aironi’s main weapons and Phil Price is under no illusions over the magnitude of the task at hand in northern Italy.
“Aironi were good in the scrum when we played them at Rodney Parade and they will definitely be looking to dominate us at the weekend,” said 22-year-old Price.
“They won’t want to go backwards on their own patch and will be really up for it. It’s going to be a tough test but we have been improving recently.
“We are taking it game by game. We are not the biggest of packs but we are compact and we keep low to the ground in the scrum.
“Danny Wilson is really pushing us on and he always comes in with fresh ideas – no training session is the same.
“All the coaches are very good and pick out every single detail about the opposition in analysis.”
Price has enjoyed a positive start to his first season of regional rugby and has made 16 appearances for the Dragons so far. But he remains adamant that he has plenty of work to do to improve on his game.
“I think that I am improving every game, especially in the scrum, but perhaps I need to work harder on my all-round game and get around the park and carry the ball a bit more,” added Price.
“I am just trying to solidify my position as a starter and keep pushing on over the next few years.
“I am enjoying my rugby and the key thing for props is getting game time and going up against the best in the world. That’s happening for me at the moment and the experience is serving me well.”