Samu Kerevi says he’s ready for a Wallabies call-up after making a successful comeback from injury for the Queensland Reds.
Kerevi was a late inclusion for the Reds in their 35-25 victory over the Sunwolves on Saturday – their third Super Rugby win of the year and third on the trot at Suncorp Stadium.
The 22-year-old centre had missed the previous two games after breaking his hand, an injury that had threatened to derail his chances of an international debut in next month’s three-Test series against England.
Kerevi has been Queensland’s most consistent attacking threat this year and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has repeatedly spoken about using him as part of a potential super-sized midfield partnership with Brumbies powerhouse Tevita Kuridrani.
He didn’t set the world on fire against the Sunwolves, but the quick and committed nature of his comeback means he is a certainty to be involved when an extended Wallaby squad gathers on the Sunshine Coast in nine days.
“I was happy to contribute to the team,” Kerevi said.
“It’s been two weeks but I was real comfortable out there.
“We trained well throughout the week. I tested it out and I was really comfortable going into the game – I trusted what the doctors and coaches were saying.”
Kerevi said he was happy with only “bits” of his game.
“There’s parts where I tried to push the pass when I should have just held on. I think I was just itchy to get out there,” he said.
Kerevi said he had not yet turned his mind to what lies ahead with the Wallabies.
“I’m just going to enjoy tonight’s win with the boys,” he said.
“Whatever comes will come. Right now I’m just happy we got the win.
“These next couple weeks, I’ll work hard and see whatever’s coming.”