Australia: Cadeyrn Neville eyeing Test debut for Wallabies against England

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Despite being 33 years old, Cadeyrn Neville is in the selection mix for Australia and is set to make his Test debut against England next month.

His Super Rugby career started in 2012 and after stints at the Melbourne Rebels and the Reds, the 2.02 metre-tall, 120-kg lock moved to the Brumbies in 2020 where his career has come on in leaps and bounds.

Fine form rewarded

Neville was a vital cog in the Brumbies machine during their run to this year’s Super Rugby Pacific semi-finals – where they suffered a narrow loss to the Blues last weekend – and his impressive form has been rewarded with a call-up to Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie’s 35-man squad.

Needless to say, he is relishing the prospect of making his Test debut against Eddie Jones’ side.

“It’s hard to sum up all the ways it would be special to me,” he told AAP.

“I’ve had a taste of it in various forms over the years but it’s good to just go through the season and be named in that squad and just come in sort of the orthodox way.

“I’d definitely relish it, I’m keeping focused on the work that I still need to do to get there.

“I’m keen to rip in.”

Neville, Brumbies second-row partner Nick Frost, Waratahs duo David Porecki (hooker) and Jed Holloway (utility forward), Melbourne Rebels front-row Pone Fa’amausili and Reds flyer Suliasi Vunivalu are the six uncapped players in the Wallabies squad.

There’s a strong Brumbies representation in the playing group while the Canberra-based franchise’s outgoing head coach and newly appointed Wallabies’ forwards mentor Dan McKellar is also in camp which means Neville has settled in nicely in his new surroundings.

“Structure-wise there’s a lot of similarities, so that’s an obviously big help for us,” he said.

“You can come in and there’s a few things that’s just really the same thing with different names. Whenever you got to make a shift, the more you’re familiar with it already makes it a lot easier.”

Australia are at a training camp on the Sunshine Coast since Thursday and will start their preparations on Saturday with their first field training sessions. They will face England in Perth on July 2, Brisbane on July 9 and Sydney on July 16.

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