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Sailor fears missing World Cup

By Michael Crutcher 10/02/2003 10:28:29 PM Comments (0)

Wendell Sailor wants to dominate rugby union in the same way he became one of rugby league's most bankable players.

If he doesn't, Sailor believes he could miss World Cup selection later this year as Australian selectors choose from a bunch of talented wingers.

Sailor is determined to become more involved after receiving mixed reviews during his first year in rugby with the Queensland Reds.

He struggled to repeat the starring roles from his decorated league career but still played six Tests for the Wallabies.

The 28-year-old returns from knee surgery tomorrow night for a trial match against the Blues at Carrara.

"Last year, I probably lost a bit of the dominance I had on the field," Sailor said.

"In league, I just liked to try to dominate a team and turn the game.

"Last year, as well as hoping for a bit of luck, I was just feeling my way through the game.

"I can't afford to do that this year or else I'll be sitting on the bench and not making the World Cup squad."

Sailor faces an immediate test on Tuesday night with the Blues likely to field dangerous wingers Rupeni Caucaunibuca and Doug Howlett.

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