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Brackin confident of Wallabies chance

By Adrian Warren 05/10/2010 08:13:07 PM Comments (0)

Uncapped utility back Brackin Karauria-Henry is confident red tape won't deny him the chance to play on the Wallabies' spring tour after it cruelled his chances of representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament in India.

New Zealand born Karauria-Henry represented Australia in the abbreviated form of the game despite not holding an Australian passport or having permanent resident status.

He was Australia's leading try scorer on the world sevens Tour, but was unaware of the visa requirement for India and filled in his forms too late.

The Christchurch-raised utility back was confident he wouldn't have a problem if he survived the cut from the Wallabies' training squad to make the seven-match spring tour of Hong Kong and Europe as apparently he would not require a visa.

"I don't have permanent residency, I've got a special visa, I'm going through the process now of getting that sorted so I don't have that problem again in the future," Karauria-Henry said on Tuesday.

The new Waratahs recruit, who made a handful of Super appearances off the bench for the Brumbies this year after originally coming to Australia to play rugby league for Cronulla, was philosophical about missing out on the Commonwealth Games.

"It was a bit of a mix-up, it's just one of those things," Karauria-Henry said.

He may have a more cheerful worry, with Australian selection potentially dividing his family.

"I think mum and dad still go for the All Blacks, I only just changed when I made the Australian sevens team, there will be a bit of a split within the family," Karauria-Henry joked.

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