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Wallabies' Reds are ready: Horwill

Rob Forsaith 12/07/2011 02:13:55 PM Comments (0)

Queensland rugby union captain James Horwill is hopeful most of the Reds' 15-strong contingent in the Wallabies squad will have a chance to show their wares in Sunday's Test against Samoa.

Australian coach Robbie Deans said in the lead-up to the Super Rugby decider, he would look at resting Reds' players, depending on their workload throughout the finals.

The Wallabies' first Tri-Nations encounter comes just six days after the opening Test of the season, further fuelling speculation stars like playmakers Quade Cooper and Will Genia will be wrapped in cotton wool.

The 15 Brisbane-based players joined the Wallabies' camp in Sydney on Tuesday after celebrating their 18-13 win over the Crusaders with a ticker-tape parade on Monday.

Horwill suggests his Queensland team-mates will be training this week, all hopeful of playing against Samoa.

"Most of the (Reds) guys I've spoken to are pretty keen to play," Horwill said.

"With selections and things, obviously Robbie and the coaching staff have a plan of what they're thinking about, so we'll have a discussion about that over the next little bit.

"But, at the moment, all the guys I've spoken to are keen."

Horwill, who sat out the 2010 international season due to a knee reconstruction, will be doing everything possible to earn a berth this weekend.

"I'd love to play. I'm good to go. After missing out last year, I haven't played a Test match in nearly 18 months, so I'd relish any opportunity to get back out there," he said.

"I'm fit and putting my hand up. Obviously, selection will determine that - but I want to play.

"We haven't had a chance to have a chat - but if he (Deans) asks me, I'll definitely give him the answer that I want to play.

"After (my) last year, it's been almost a dream year so far so, hopefully, it can continue."

The Wallabies will name their squad on Wednesday for the clash with Samoa.

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