McMeniman expected to be ready for start of Super 14



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QR Queensland Reds lock Hugh McMeniman has been given the all-clear to resume restricted training as his injured neck continues to improve, and is expected to be fit for the start of the 2007 Investec Super 14 season.

The lanky 23-year-old was injured just eight minutes into his comeback game for Australia A against the Ospreys in Wales more than two weeks ago and was forced to returned home early from the Wallabies Spring Tour.

A visit to the neurosurgeon last week delivered the news McMeniman wanted to hear: his time off the park should be short.

‘He pretty much told me that I could be back doing full contact work in two weeks,’ a relieved McMeniman said.

‘I haven’t played any rugby for about a year so I’m very happy.’

McMeniman’s progress will be reviewed in early December to decide if he can resume full contact training before Christmas.

The neck injury appeared serious enough for every precaution to be taken in getting him off the field, but McMeniman was more frustrated than worried at the time.

‘I was a bit mad at myself for getting injured again more than anything.

‘I was thinking that I’d only played eight minutes of football and I’d injured myself again after my history of injuries.’

His focus is now on getting back in the fold and getting his goals back on track.

‘I’ve got a goal to start training with the Reds boys as soon as possible, learn the plays that Eddie (Jones) has in place and get a good Super 14 season under my belt.’

McMeniman has only recently had his first taste of life at the Reds under new coach Jones, and likes what he sees

‘I really enjoy being coached by Eddie,’ he said.

‘The strength and fitness part of it, the skills and the mental side that Eddie’s got going is really positive and it’s looking good.

‘Everyone’s happy, everyone gets along so it’s a very good working environment.’

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