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Davies races back into Wallabies mix

By Adrian Warren 15/10/2010 05:13:04 PM Comments (0)

Speedy winger Rod Davies is looking forward to strutting his stuff on the international rugby stage after a series of hamstring injuries cruelled his chances of a Commonwealth Games call-up.

The Reds' flyer was one of seven uncapped players chosen in the 36-man squad for the Wallabies' seven match Spring Tour campaign in Hong Kong and Europe.

Davies was on track to earn senior Australian representation earlier in the year.

However, two hamstring injuries during the Super 14 season and a third one as he attempted to come back through club rugby, stalled the 21-year-old's progress.

Davies revealed he had been on the radar of Australian sevens' coach Michael O'Connor in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, and his blistering speed would have made him a natural fit.

"I probably would have been in the squad to go to the sevens, it would have been a good trip," Davies said.

"I got a call from Micky O'Connor to say that I was in the squad, but I ended up tearing my hammy," added Davies, who has no international sevens experience."

The joint top try scorer in the resurgent Reds 2010 season with five in eight games, Davies now wants to push for a Test spot on the Spring Tour.

His initial target is playing the mid-week games against English side Leicester and Irish province Munster.

Davies admitted he faced plenty of competition for spots out wide.

"In the outside backs there's obviously some big talent there," Davies said.

"With James O'Connor dropping back to a wing spot, obviously there's one spot left."

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted Davies would have been picked earlier had he not been injured, and said the recent training camp had confirmed his thoughts about the Queensland winger.

With less than 11 months remaining to the rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Deans said the Spring Tour was an important part of the Wallabies preparation for that tournament.

"It's our last block of rugby prior to the Tri-Nations, so from a Wallaby perspective it's really important, it's crucial," Deans said.

There are only two players over 30 in the touring party, locks Van Humphries, 34, and Nathan Sharpe, 32.

"Everyone lets him (Humphries) know that he's the oldest in the squad, Sharpie is over the moon," joked Wallabies skipper and flanker Rocky Elsom.

Humphries is a classical late bloomer, a fact acknowledged by Elsom.

"That's probably the story of his career, getting a chance a bit later than you would expect, but he seems to make the most of that," Elsom said.

"The year I joined the Waratahs he got rookie of the year at 27 or 28, so he seems to make the most of the opportunities and it doesn't really bother him, the age."

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