Kerevi flattered by Wallaby name-Cheik

Samu Kerevi is flattered Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is considering him for June’s three-Test series against England.

But the Queensland Reds powerhouse says he needs to carry on his rich vein of form for a little while longer before he starts thinking about possible representative duties.

The Reds arrived back from a fruitless two-week tour of South Africa late on Monday, and have little time to shake off the effects of jetlag before Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs at Suncorp Stadium.

Kerevi has been one of their best over the last few weeks, having made more attacking runs than any other player in the competition this season with an average of 13.4 per game.

Cheika included the uncapped 22-year-old in some of his broader Wallabies squads last year, but on Wednesday specifically mentioned him and Reds teammate Karmichael Hunt as potential inclusions for the impending visit of England and their coach Eddie Jones.

Kerevi said he was glad to hear it but isn’t paying it much attention, not when both he and the Reds have so much more room for improvement.

“You want to play well enough where you’re doing well for the team and hopefully put your hand up for national honours,” he said.

“But Cheika’s got a handful up for selection across the board and a lot of centres are playing well – we’ve still got Tevita Kuridrani who’s playing exceptional for the Brumbies.

“For me it’s about putting my best foot forward for the team. Whatever honours come off of that, I’ll take it with both hands.”

Asked if he was in career-best form, Kerevi said: “I’d like to think so. But I’d like to think I can provide more for the team.”

“I’m guilty of lapsing off during games as well. I’ve got to be an 80-minute performer for my team.

“We’re just disappointed in ourselves, our little lapses in certain places, we end up losing the game.

“We’ve been playing half-games and we really need to knock that on the head and play out of our skins this weekend.”

Kerevi said he felt as though things had now clicked for him at Ballymore, having resolved to simplify his approach and focus on playing to his strengths – running the ball and attracting defenders.

“I think (previously) I put too much things in my head with everything going around me. I had to just dumb it down,” he said.

The Reds will name their team to face the Cheetahs on Thursday morning.

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