Cadeyrn Neville will get an opportunity to reignite his Test dreams almost a decade after he was first called into the Wallabies squad.
ACT Brumbies lock Neville has been added to the Wallabies training group ahead of the fourth Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane on Saturday night.
The Brumbies lured Neville back to Australian rugby this year after a stint in Japan and his Super Rugby form catapulted him back on to the Wallabies radar.
The 31-year-old was first picked in the Wallabies squad in 2012, but was never had the chance to make his debut. Whether he gets a chance to play against New Zealand this weekend will depend on whether Dave Rennie is willing to throw another rookie into battle after a horror loss in Sydney.
The Wallabies were thumped by the rampaging All Blacks, leaving the young Wallabies to lick their wounds after four players made their debut.
Rennie has given Matt Philip and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto the lock duties in the three Tests so far, with Rob Simmons as their back-up. But Salakaia-Loto injured his ankle and is in doubt for the rest of the series.
Utility ace Reece Hodge craves a return to the Wallabies starting line-up, and it could happen this Saturday night.
After being a regular in Australia's starting XV since debuting in 2016, Hodge has come off the bench in the first three Bledisloe Cup clashes with the All Blacks.
But the 26-year-old looms as a serious option to replace either inside centre Irae Simone or winger Filipo Daugunu for this week's final trans-Tasman Test of the year at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
Wallabies coach Rennie has conceded that Hodge's versatility "probably" counted against him when considered for a starting role.
But with Rennie likely to add some much-needed experience to the backline in pursuit of a face-saving victory over the All Blacks, Hodge is a frontrunner for inclusion.
"The great thing about Reece is he covers the whole backline bar nine. So he gives us genuine versatility there," Rennie said.
"He's a big man, he's got a very good kicking game. We've been really impressed with his ability to square up the attack."
Hodge has started in 30 of his 41 Tests and proved with his near-60-metre shot that hit the upright in Wellington that he can also handle goalkicking duties.
"Obviously anyone in the whole squad here would love to be starting against the All Blacks. They've been the best team in the world for a number of years now," he said.
"In saying that, any time you get the chance to pull on a Wallabies jersey, whether it's No.1 or No.23, you'd jump at it. It's such a privilege to represent your family and everyone else in Australia in that jersey. I'm not going to sit here and lie and say I'm not going to push for a starting berth, like everyone else in the squad would."
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