Darcy Swain prepares for more bait after headbutt

Swain is a player at heart who says he enjoys a fiery clash with a rival, but he fears the impulsive headbutt in Perth could wrongly portray him as dirty.

“I like to play the hard and fair game. Of course there’s always trouble and you might have a little trouble with one guy or two guys, your opposition lock, but you’re doing it legally,” said Swain.

Darcy Swain receives a red card from referee James Doleman.Credit:PA

“I remember ‘MP’ [Matt Philip] and I was going to an NRC game and then we shook hands and said ‘solid game’. I love doing this. But as for all the other bullshit, I wouldn’t.

Swain said he was still unimpressed with Hill’s tactics in Perth. The England striker shoved him in the face near a ruck, then tried to stop Swain from breaking a maul by pulling his hair.

“That’s a bit wrong, isn’t it? It’s not really in the spirit of the game to go around and carry on like this,” he said. “You make fun of guys, but you do it legally and you do it by directing yourself another way, not like this.”

Hill’s behavior set a dirty tone for the English throughout the series. They later said they were angered by mild comments in the media by the Wallabies.

Darcy Swain back on the training ground.

Darcy Swain back on the training ground.Credit:Getty

Swain cut a lone figure in a vibrant Australian dressing room in Perth, after the Wallabies survived his red card and beat England in the first Test.

“It was disappointing to let the boys down,” he said.

“Even though we had won, they had to do all sorts of things to survive and get through this game. And we talked about how that builds character, but at the same time we could have done that with 15 men on the pitch.


The Wallabies’ second-line stocks have stabilized somewhat, with Swain and Rory Arnold joining the squad for the two-Test tour of Argentina, which begins with a clash in Mendoza on Sunday morning (AEST).

Swain will be a good chance to return to the Wallabies starting pack, given that Arnold has just been on a break and had a calf problem last week.

The Pumas pack will be a tall order, Swain said.

“We watched them pretty hard, they’re big boys and they run their team pretty well,” he said. “If they have a good day, the team has a good day, so we just have to make sure we’re solid up front.”

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