thank god for good debuggers,...
i figured out that the problem didn't exist with Spring Framework, it was with the integration between Spring and WebWork 2. the line
was how I was referencing the service beans that needed wrapping. well I wasn't sure until I read the source to the reference-resolver interceptor that there was my problem. It has to be specified with data within the tags specifying the object to lookup
<external-ref name="serviceObject" />
Thanks for your help[/code]