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Shipperley targeting Wallabies recall

January 16, 2015 12:16:26 UK

New Rebels signing Dom Shipperley hopes his first year in Melbourne will see him return to the Wallabies fold.

The 24-year-old is looking to rebound from an unhappy 2014 which saw him suffer a serious injury on what is his new home ground of AAMI Park. Shipperley had only just announced his impending move from the Reds to the Rebels when, playing against the Melbourne franchise, he broke his leg and dislocated his ankle.

“It wasn’t pretty,” he said. “It was very painful, and when I think back to it now it’s all a bit of a shock that it actually happened. It’s pretty surreal to look down and see your foot pointing the wrong way; it’s scary stuff.”

Unfortunately the last three seasons have seen a few injuries prevent me from getting back in there.

Dom Shipperley

Although he was initially told he could be out of action for up to 18 months, Shipperley is now back in full training and he is looking forward to playing in front of Melbourne fans for the first time on 20th February when they take on defending champions the Waratahs, who areĀ 5.00 to win the Grand Final.

Shipperley said the Rebels medical staff had done very well in treating him and getting him back to his best, and he is in full training with no pain. His target on a personal level this year is to get back in the Australia squad – he has played three Tests for his country so far.

“Unfortunately the last three seasons have seen a few injuries prevent me from getting back in there,” he said. “I am looking forward to putting together a full season, and I’m really itching to get back in the Wallabies frame; what better year than a World Cup year?

“That’s a massive goal of mine, but first and foremost I need to make the Rebels’ starting side before I can think of higher honours, so that’s my main focus.”

Meanwhile, the Rebels have boosted their squad by signing former Wallaby Radike Samo following a two-year stint with Japanese side Kinetsu Liners. The 38-year-old has played 68 Super Rugby games across spells with the Brumbies and the Reds and played for Australia are the 2011 World Cup.

The Crusaders are 1.16 to win their opening game of the season against the Rebels, who are 5.25.

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