The tighthead prop impressed in his debut Test match against England in Sydney on June 11 but injured his ankle in second Cook Cup Test a week later in Melbourne spending over a month on the sidelines.
But he ran freely in Australia A’s 80-9 demolition of Fiji at Melbourne’s Olympic Park on Saturday night prompting Wallabies coach John Connolly to speculate bringing the 23-year-old back into the Test fray for the vital Bledisloe Cup clash this weekend. “He (Blake) got through it pretty well… we’ll definitely consider him,” Connolly said.
In Blake’s absence, Brumbies tighthead prop Guy Sheperdson has been selected in the Wallabies front row and has been performing well so it may come down to a matter of match fitness as to who will take on the much vaunted All Black’s scrum. Blake admitted he still had some work to do on the fitness front before his first tussle with an All Blacks front row – widely regarded as the world’s best.
“Everyone would say they’re ready and I’m ready, but I do need more training and to work on my fitness during the week,” Blake said. “But it was good to get some game time to try to and get my fitness level back.”
BRONCOS REFUSE SAILOR
Meanwhile, disgraced dual international Wendell Sailor can re-think any plans he had of returning to rugby league to play with the Brisbane Broncos after its chief executive, Bruno Cullen, said the club had no room for Sailor. The star winger, who was suspended from rugby for two years last week following a positive drugs test for cocaine earlier this year, vowed to return to either union or league once his ban was up.
Sailor has said he is not a drug cheat and thinks his two-year ban from rugby for testing positive to cocaine is ‘grossly unfair.’ www.sportal.com.au.
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