Rugby Union

Scott Sio's focus on Brumbies' trials rather than the World Cup

ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio's focus isn't on next year's Rugby World Cup, it's not even on the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium in the opening round of Super Rugby.

His sole focus is on being ready for the Brumbies' pre-season trial against the Otago Highlanders at Wagga Wagga on January 31.

Sio is over the ankle injury that prevented him from going on the Wallabies' European spring tour and returned to full training for the first time on Monday, as did former Wallabies captain David Pocock (knee).

Even with the Wallabies constantly in the headlines, Sio wasn't distracted by thoughts of pulling on the gold jersey for the World Cup.

Scott Sio at Brumbies training.
Scott Sio at Brumbies training. Photo: Melissa Adams

Instead, he just wants to get through pre-season to ensure he's ready for the trials.

"[The World Cup] is a bigger goal, but for me it's all about getting here and getting amongst all the things that [Brumbies coach] Stephen Larkham wants to bring in ... and make sure I'm fully fit," Sio said on Monday.

"The Wallabies is a product of how well you play for your franchise, so first and foremost I'll be looking forward to the pre-season and getting out in that trial match in Wagga next year.

"You want the Wallabies to succeed and gain momentum going into next year, but my focus shifted - once I got injured - back towards the Brumbies and making sure I'm fit and ready for them."

Sio wasn't the only Brumby returning to full training for the first time, with Pocock continuing his comeback from a second knee reconstruction.

He said the openside flanker was looking extremely fit, although he admitted the 26-year-old always looked fit - even when he was injured.

"When Poey takes his shirt off he looks the same all the time, I don't think he'll change much over the next four weeks," Sio joked.

"When I get injured, you put on a bit of weight and get a bit of mud there, but when he does, he looks the same as when he first got injured.

"He's looking really good. From a mental standpoint, he looks really strong and ready to go."

Even though the Wallabies are on the verge of their worst spring tour in almost a decade, Sio felt the signs weren't all bad after a couple of narrow losses.

He felt with just a little refining, the Wallabies would be well placed going into the World Cup.

"I think with the new coach [Michael Cheika], it was always going to be tough at first, but you can see the boys are really implementing the game plan and getting stuck in," Sio said.

"It's something that needs to be refined before next year, but there's some good signs heading into the 2015 season."