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Reds door reopens for Chambers

Jim Morton 09/06/2011 03:29:35 PM Comments (0)

Recalled Reds centre Will Chambers admits he's still learning the ropes in Super Rugby and isn't giving much thought to swinging back into the NRL.

One of 2011's big surprises is how Chambers' code switch has stalled after marking himself out as a "Wallaby-in-waiting" in his debut year.

The 2009 Melbourne Storm premiership three-quarter has earned just four run-on starts for Queensland and gained little time off the bench for the competition pacesetters.

As a result, the rumour mill has painted him as keen for a league return and specific reports suggested a possible move to the Canterbury Bulldogs to replace Jamal Idris.

But Chambers, set to start against the Western Force on Saturday night, flatly denied he was frustrated by his lack of match time.

"It's never frustrating when you're winning," the 23-year-old told AAP on Thursday.

"I've just been doing my part around the training field and working hard.

"Obviously I haven't had many opportunities but the team's been winning and it's hard to break into a good side like we've got at the moment.

"Obviously I'm still learning the game and it's stuff I've worked with the coaching staff and they've helped me through it.

"I'm still picking stuff up and learning bits and pieces."

Tackle-busting Chambers started the opening three matches of the season at outside centre where he impressed for the Reds and Australia's A-team last year.

But more latitude at the breakdown for the defending team has worked against his ball-running game, with Reds coach Ewen McKenzie playing an extra ball-player and moving Anthony Faingaa to No.13.

Chambers failed to take his previous recall with both hands last month when Faingaa was rested as the Hurricanes' no-name backline ran amok to score an upset win in Wellington.

Faingaa's hamstring injury has reopened the door for Chambers to remind Test selectors of his worth when Queensland aim to break their victory drought in Perth.

But he says World Cup ambitions, like a move back to the NRL, is the last thing on his mind as the Reds finals tilt takes priority.

"I've got to worry about making our 15 first before I can start worrying about anything else," Chambers said.

"I've got a manager to look after all that (future contracts) but at the moment I'm just concentrating on playing rugby for the next year and we'll look at it after that.

"I just have to concentrate on my game and just do all the little things right."

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