Timu keen to break back into Wallabies mix

It’s sunny skies for Queensland back rower Caleb Timu who has signed for another year with the Reds.Caleb Timu admits he’s disappointed not to be part of Australia’s Bledisloe Cup campaign, but he knows what he has to do to get back in coach Michael Cheika’s good books.
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The Queensland Reds back-rower made two Test appearances for the Wallabies during June’s series against Ireland, but was cut from Michael Cheika’s squad ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener last week.

The 24-year-old was part of one of Super Rugby’s mightiest scrums this year but has been told by Cheika to improve his set-piece proficiency, and will look to do so in the National Rugby Championship with reigning champions Queensland Country.

“Set piece is something that Cheika wants me to work on as well as just a bit of game knowledge,” Timu told reporters on Thursday after inking a new one-season contract extension with the Reds.

“I think that just comes down to playing more rugby and that’s what I want to do during the NRC, get some more footy under my belt and hopefully work my way back into the team.

“Obviously, I’m definitely disappointed. Any player would want to be a part of that team and verse the All Blacks.

“But to be honest with myself, I definitely need to work on my game and hopefully I can do that and get a Test or two this year.”

Timu’s Reds teammate Lukhan Tui was unconvincing in the Australian No.6 jersey in Saturday’s 38-13 defeat to New Zealand.

Timu rates himself as a natural No.8 but believes he has something to offer the Wallabies at blindside flanker as a foil to the unmovable Michael Hooper-David Pocock combination.

“I’ve just got to apply myself, get better at my trade and work my way in there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Timu is hoping more key Queensland players commit themselves to the club for the 2019 campaign – especially Samu Kerevi, who was reportedly pondering a switch to the Brumbies.

“I’ve read a few of those things, I’m not too sure where he’s at with his negotiations,” Timu said.

“But a player of his calibre, you’d love to have him in your team and play with him.”