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'Debut a dream come true': Angus Bell ready to add to international tally

One Test Wallabies prop Angus Bell is ready to add to his international tally as Australia prepares for their must-win Tri-Nations clash against Argentina on Saturday night in Newcastle.

Making his debut against the All Blacks in Bledisloe IV, Bell came on early as an injury replacement for James Slipper and will likely make another appearance, against the Pumas, with the veteran prop still sidelined. An improving scrummager, who was happy to take carry the ball into a strong All Blacks pack, the 20-year-old is prepared to take on any role when it comes to facing the Argentina forward unit.

"They were very good; they're a classy outfit and they've got some experienced campaigners," Bell said of the Pumas on Tuesday. "They'll definitely be very tough, but we'll prepare this week going into a really tough Test match. We're coming along nicely and we can't wait to get stuck in.

"Wherever the coach thinks I'm needed is where I'm needed. I'm just happy that I'm in the mix to play for my country again, and hopefully I'll get another crack."

Considered one of the best scrums in the world, Argentina are expected to cause issues for the Wallabies' set-piece. But Bell says Australia aren't focused on the Pumas, insisting it is their own game that has garnered much of the preparation.

"We're pretty internalised at the moment and trying to work on our stuff and what we can get right, whether that's a training or looking at past games, we're trying to fix those little nuances.

"They're definitely a classy outfit and they're up there as one of the best scrums in the world. We're working hard at training and we're getting ready for it."

Only earning his first Super Rugby start in February, Bell's rise to the Wallabies has been quick. The son of former Wallabies hooker Mark Bell, the prop was unable to celebrate his first cap with his father in Brisbane due to closed borders, despite this his debut was a dream come true. Even Bell's dog Tank was dressed in a Wallabies jersey to celebrate the occasion.

"It was a great week; it was good to learn off the lads," Bell said. "It was an awesome week, probably the best week of my life, I'll definitely never forget it.

"He [Dad] was watching it from Sydney, but as soon I could I called him and it was a great moment, very special, especially to come away with a win on Slips' 100th [Test] it was an awesome day.

"It was a dream to [face] the All Blacks and the haka and that sort of thing."

While Bell's international career is just kicking off, Hanigan's Test journey is potentially coming to an end. The final two Tri-Nations matches are Hanigan's last before he relocates to Japan and potentially his last ever with the flanker failing to reach the Giteau Law minimal requirement of Test matches.

"Two to go, hopefully I might be back," Hanigan said. "But it's sort of that cliché I suppose, you've got the game this weekend and the next if I'm lucky enough to pull the jersey on.

"In these sort of environments when it's all happening and on the go, if you look too far you miss stuff, you the miss the little things that are enjoyable. I haven't looked at it like that, it's all going to come around pretty quick.

"It's always special. I remember going in as a young fella down to Melbourne to play my first game, it's always a special feeling."

After the Pumas shocked the All Blacks, the Tri-Nations tournament has been blown wide open with the Wallabies now right in the hunt to take the title. According to Hanigan, a Tri-Nations trophy would be the cherry on top of their 2020 season.

"A bit of silverware is always nice, the result on the weekend has given us the opportunity, we've got to win two games and we'll get a bit of silverware," he said.

"The big thing for us is just building a bit of consistency. We had a good performance in Wellington, but didn't come away with the win. We had a good game in Brisbane and we've just got to make sure it's a consistent performance.

"If we get two good 80 minutes, good performances that are consistent with what we need to do, the silverware's just the cherry on top."