Australia: Tom Wright puts his hand up for Wallabies full-back role

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Outside back Tom Wright has revealed that he wouldn’t mind switching to full-back for the Wallabies ahead of Saturday’s clash with Argentina in Mendoza.

The Wallabies’ full-back position was associated with bad luck during their recent series against England in Australia.

Tom Banks (arm), Jordan Petaia (concussion) and Andrew Kellaway (hamstring) all sustained injuries during the three-Test series in July and Reece Hodge was eventually called up from the Australia A side.

Petaia is expected to be available for this weekend’s Rugby Championship opener against Los Pumas, while Kellaway could return to action for the Wallabies‘ matches against the Springboks in Australia.

But Wright has also emerged as a possible option at the back after shining in the role when moved there after Petaia was forced off the field during the early stages of the second Test against England in Brisbane.

Wright made two starts for the Brumbies at 15 during their Super Rugby Pacific campaign and said he is ready to fill in again if needed.

“If that opportunity arises, I’ll definitely put my hand up for that,” he told reporters.

“I was given an opportunity there through someone’s misfortune, unfortunately. I think it’ll be good to have Jordy (Petaia) back in the selection mix and we’re only going to be better off for it as a team.

Loves playing at 15

“Definitely full-back is something that excites me and you get a few looks at getting the ball at different parts of the field.”

After their disappointing series defeat to England, Australia head into the Rugby Championship looking for improvement with their counter-attack an area which they are keen to exploit.

“We wanted to be a whole lot better in certain areas of our game, We were pretty disappointed, we had a plan to go out there to do specific things (against England) game-plan wise and we weren’t able to execute and died wondering ‘would that have worked,” added Wright.

“It was a good little bit of preparation in seeing those things and a few harsh conversations with one another and staff. Being able to put that to bed was pleasing and preparation can start with a fresh mindset of getting the ball rolling…

“Probably the biggest over-arching area we talk about is our effort areas in and around counter (attack). It’s so much individualised but you can create opportunities for your teammates off the ball if you put your head down initially and work hard for the first 5-10 steps.

“You may then draw a body or create some space for the teammate with a little bit of effort, looks after the guys beside you.”

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