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Wallabies star ‘jealous’ of NRL players returning to action

“We are a bit jealous looking at the NRL but it gives us hope that we aren’t too far away from getting to that point,” Uelese told AAP. “We’re waiting on Rugby Australia and looking forward to seeing what kind of competition structure they come up with.

“It’s giving us a bit of hope and motivation – it’s good to see the NRL boys out there training and we really can’t wait to get back into it.”

The proposed competition is a 10-week, five-team domestic competition that also involves the Western Force.

Uelese is especially desperate to get back to playing as a knee injury has restricted him to 11 games in the past two Super Rugby seasons.

He missed the first four rounds this year but returned for two games before the competition was shut down in mid-March.

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“This is is the first year when I’ve finally got my body right,” he said. “It’s such a shame. I had two games on the trot and was looking to build onto that and then all of this happens.”

However, he did play in all five of the Wallabies’ 2019 World Cup matches as a reserve hooker and said he was looking forward to what incoming Test coach Dave Rennie brought to the role.

“I’ve had a chat with him … he’s huge on fitness and that aspect of things,” Uelese said.

“He also made it clear that you have to earn your spot and anything that happened before this year didn’t guarantee you a place but that’s something I love – there’s no favourites and everyone is on an equal base.

‘That’s given me an incentive to work that little bit harder on my scrummaging, my throwing and my fitness, so it’s really exciting.”

AAP

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