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Australian Rugby has signed in-form centre Ryan Cross for a further three seasons, keeping him in the game until after the 2011 World Cup.


Cross, 28, narrowly missed selection in the Wallabies squad for last year’s World Cup in France.


He said the next tournament, to be played in New Zealand, is high on his list of long-term ambitions.


‘Every Super 14 player in Australia wants to play for the Wallabies and that is definitely a goal of mine,’ said Cross.


‘I watched with plenty of interest during the World Cup in France last year and it’s something that I’d love to be a part of in 2011 in New Zealand.


‘It would be a great way to finish my career.’


The new deal for Cross will also keep him in Perth with the Western Force,


Cross returned to Rugby in 2007 after nine seasons of top-flight rugby league and made an immediate impact in his debut Super 14 season.


He went on to play five matches for Australia A during the Pacific Nations Cup tournament.


His 2008 form has also been impressive with man of the match performances for the Force against the Lions and Highlanders.


‘I’m definitely more comfortable in Rugby now that I’ve had 12 months in the game,’ said Cross.


‘Having a full pre-season at the start of the year certainly helped, but I’ve tried to increase my involvements and get my hands on the ball more often and it seems to be paying off.’


FACT FILE


Ryan Cross
Position: Centre
Physical: 1.91m, 100kg
Age: 28
Super 14 Caps: 23
Super 14 Points: 35 (7t)
Super 14 Debut: 2007 v Highlanders, Perth
Representative Honours: Australian Schoolboys (1996-97), Australia A (2007)


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