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The leader of the Reds wants to recall the Wallabies

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As “desperate” as Liam Wright is to wear a Wallabies jersey again, the Reds co-captain has vowed it won’t distract him from his priority of retaining his place in Queensland’s starting team this season.

The 26-year-old flanker made the most recent of his five Wallabies appearances in 2020.

Since then, injuries have hampered his career and he has been unable to return to the national team.

“I’m really desperate to get back into the Wallabies fold,” Wright said.

“I got a pretty good taste of it in the early years of my career, and having to watch from afar the last few years has been difficult.”

However, wanting it too much hampered Wright.

“Once I start thinking too far ahead about how I can get that Wallabies jersey, it goes downhill a bit with Queensland, so I’m going to do my best to play well for the Reds because there’s a lot of competition for seats in the back. “Pull over here,” he said.

“The body feels really good. I feel like I’m physically in the best place to perform.

“I hope the rest takes care of itself.”

Wright and the Reds got their latest Super Rugby Pacific campaign off to a strong start, beating NSW 40-22 at Suncorp Stadium last Saturday.

However, the Queenslanders face a tougher task on Sunday against the Hurricanes in a ‘Super Round’ clash at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

The Reds have not beaten the Wellington-based team since 2013.

“It’s an impressive team. They continue to strengthen their team year after year, so this week we focus on ourselves,” Wright said.

“We thought we had a good performance last week, but there is still a lot of room for improvement for us.

“We’re still trying to figure out what type of team we’re going to be and what our DNA is going to be.

“We’re going to have some tough times, but this week it’s really about trying to do a little bit better than last week.”

Hurricanes and All Blacks star Jordie Barrett will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance on Sunday.

“He’s a great player. He leads their team well. He’s got a physical presence in midfield, so we’re going to have to combat that,” Wright said.

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