Cross wants to play for Wallabies


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Ryan Cross has pushed himself in a series of gruelling training sessions to prove to the Wallabies selectors he’s fit – and ready – to represent Australia in the upcoming Tests against Ireland and France after recovering from a fractured cheekbone.

The selectors will tomorrow name a 30-man squad for the international season and a selection that could have a direct bearing on Cross’s aspirations is whether they decide to play Matt Giteau in the No.10 jumper or at 12 reports The Sun-Herald.

Another who could spoil his party is fellow league convert, Timana Tahu. The former Parramatta Eels speedster is a contender for the squad, but the school of thought is he’ll be best blooded in Australia A team and play five games in as many weeks against Pacific Island teams. It is the same apprenticeship Cross served last year.

Cross’s Super 14 season came to an abrupt end early last month when he fractured his cheekbone against the Chiefs. The in-form centre returned to the gym the very day he was cleared to train.

“I’ve been training for the last week and a half,” Cross said from Perth.


“The first few runs were a bit dodgy, but I am moving well … I’ve also been lifting heavy weights and there have been no problems.

“When I was injured the medical team said I’d be out for three to four weeks, so I would have been right to play this weekend if it had have been required.”

Cross, who was denied senior representative honours during his rugby league career with the Sydney Roosters, was adamant he was ready to play for his country. Last year he represented Australia A and was selected in a World XV that played World Cup champions, South Africa.

“I can say I am [ready],” he told The Sun-Herald.


“I’d like the chance to prove I am. I’ve been 10 years in professional sport, and I’d love to get the opportunity I didn’t get in league.

“I felt very confident this year. My first season was a steep learning curve but I found I was a lot more involved this season and it pleased me that the boys had a lot more confidence in me. It was a big step forward.”

While Bulldogs star Sonny Bill Williams is said to be weighing up a future as a possible All Black, Cross said the money being offered in rugby would make it difficult for league clubs to keep targets.

“It is going to be very hard for league to keep players that European clubs want,” he said.


“Sydney clubs are struggling as a result of the poker machine tax, so it is tough financially. Clubs in Europe have money and they now know if they really want a good league player they can get them.”

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