Rugby League


David Shillington to use clash with Burgess boys to push for Four Nations berth

Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington will use Monday night's stoush with South Sydney's Burgess brothers as an ideal audition to reignite his representative career and push for a Four Nations berth. 

The prop has been outstanding in recent weeks, and was arguably best afield in last week's loss to Melbourne Storm, with 162 metres gained and three offloads. 

Shillington has been in  the representative wilderness since his Queensland axing after Origin I last year, but  a strong showing against English stars Sam and George Burgess would boost his hopes of an Australian recall for the Four Nations in October. 

The 30-year-old hasn't played for the Kangaroos since 2012, but his purple patch in a struggling Raiders side has put him back on the radar. 

Although Canberra (5-12) is no chance of making finals, Shillington said there was still plenty to play for - on a team and individual level.

"I'd love to get back in that Four Nations side, obviously the key is leading from the front at the Raiders and finishing off the year strong,'' he said. 


"There's no lack of motivation [at the club] ... and matching up against the Burgess boys, who are mostly internationals, is a big challenge. 

"I know finals aren't really a chance for us any more, but we'll be trying our best for that next win. There's young blokes wanting to push for their first-grade spots and us older blokes simply want to win each week. 

"There shouldn't be a lack of motivation, regardless of a finals chance or not.''

Canberra shocked the Rabbitohs 30-18 at Sydney in round four, with the Raiders overcoming the loss of back-rowers Joel Edwards and Shaun Fensom in the first half to pull off one of the upsets of the year. 

"I loved the game against the Rabbitohs ... it was a gutsy win for us,'' Shillington said. "Losing those players made it a better win. When you take Fenno out of the team you realise how much work he does.

"Hopefully we take some confidence out of that, but on the same page they'll be looking for a bit of payback. Souths are one of the benchmarks and you want to show you can match it with them.

"Matching it with the Burgess boys is a big test individually, and as a pack.''

Meanwhile, off-contract Raiders winger Reece Robinson said he would like his future resolved ''as soon as possible''. 

His future became more clouded when Canberra announced the signing of Melbourne speedster Sisa Waqa on Monday. And the Storm has already ruled out signing Robinson.

"I wouldn't mind it being sorted as soon as possible, whatever happens, happens,'' he said. 

Asked if it was hard to concentrate on football, Robinson said: "Definitely. I'm sure everyone in the same situation would feel the same way. But you have to do your part in your team, try and get that out of your mind and perform.''