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Sailor wants focus on World Cup

By Melissa Woods 01/09/2003 06:31:54 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies winger Wendell Sailor wants to put his Queensland re-signing saga behind him to concentrate on holding down a starting jersey throughout the World Cup.

The Wallabies' form back, Sailor has made the right wing his own this season but said the pressure had been turned up following the weekend return from injury of Joe Roff and Stirling Mortlock.

Sailor plans to take up the option on his Australian Rugby Union contract which expired on Monday and remain with the Reds for a further two years.

The burly winger said he was "filthy" that his re-signing became an issue that his Queensland teammates Chris Latham and Toutai Kefu bought into, and felt it was his right to explore all his options before the deadline.

He considered the ACT Brumbies and Japan, but wanted to be remembered at Queensland and with the Wallabies as a rugby great.

He can go a long way to establishing that legacy in the spotlight of the World Cup.

Already the most marketable and high-profile Wallaby, the 29-year-old this year has added substance to his flashy style.

"Playing two years with the Wallabies, that would have been nice but to say you've played three or four years after the switch people then might say, he went alright in union," Sailor said.

"My best years are going to be my third and fourth year, every time I'm running out there I'm getting better and by the third and fourth year it's going to be second nature to me."

With the Wallabies' 30-man squad to be announced on Thursday Sailor said he had already noticed a rise in intensity at training.

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