Reds back Gill
Under the radar ... Liam Gill. Photo: Getty Images
All the talk about David Pocock and Michael Hooper combining in the Wallabies back row hasn't enamoured the Queensland Reds who believe their No.7, Liam Gill, should jostle his way into the action.
Hooper's emergence as a world-class openside breakaway, after slipping seamlessly into Pocock's Australian jersey last year, has sparked calls for both to start against the British and Irish Lions in June. But Reds coach Ewen McKenzie tips Gill to further complicate selection matters - starting with Saturday night's Super Rugby opener in Canberra.
The leading ball pilferer of the 2012 Super Rugby competition, Gill played eight Tests but then made way when Pocock returned from knee surgery. ''In many ways Liam has been the forgotten guy of the No.7 options in Australian rugby; everyone talks about the other two,'' McKenzie said.
''These games [against Brumbies and Waratahs] will be great showcases for someone like him.''