Vickerman vows to return for the Waratahs


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Wallaby and Waratahs second-rower Dan Vickerman will leave Australia to play in Europe at the end of the season but he has vowed to return to the Waratahs when he finishes a stint playing overseas.

Vickerman is considered to be one of the best locks in the world and he plans to leave Australia to study at Cambridge University.

It is hoped Vickerman will return to Australia in time for the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

There is little doubt that new Australia coach Robbie Deans would want a commanding lineout forward such as Vickerman in his team so as long as he retains his skills he is likely to regain his test place.

Although Cape Town born Vickerman will turn 33 in the World Cup year, it is worth noting that former England captain Martin Johnson was 34 when he held aloft The Webb Ellis Cup in 2003.

And if Vickerman plays in Australia again, he says that he will re-join the Waratahs.

“Without doubt, I love the Waratahs,” Vickerman said in the Australian.

“If I was going to play rugby in Australia, it wouldn’t be anywhere else.”

Vickerman, who has played 52 Tests since making his debut against France in 2002, is keen to play for the Wallabies again before heading overseas.

“If selected, that would be fantastic,” Vickerman said.

“It would be pretty exciting to play under a coach of Robbie Deans’ calibre. His record speaks for itself. He seems to get the best out of the teams that he coaches.

The Crusaders are a well-oiled machine. They look to be a fantastically tight-knit group of guys.

“If selected, that would be fantastic, but I’m under no illusions. There are certainly a few good second-rowers running around in Australia.”

Vickerman has been linked with English club Harlequins, but has not yet decided on a team.



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