Matt Henjack has lived in George Gregan’s shadow all his career. On Friday the Wallabies scrumhalf gets to dance toe to toe with the Wallabies first choice scrumhalf and captain.
Henjak has singled out the night as the one he relishes most this season and whoever comes out on top could have the inside lane on John Connolly’s Wallabies selection, to be made at the end of May.
“Personally it’s a big challenge for me and a challenge I’ve really been looking forward to since the draw came out, it’s the one game that I want to be playing and I can’t wait to get out here on Friday night,” Henjak told the Australian media. “I suppose anyone that comes up against George is in for a tough day at the office. I’ll be focusing on what I have to do and trying to disrupt his game as much as I can as well.”
Henjak, the former Brumbies second choice, has never played against Gregan.
Henjak will also be up against his good friend Matt Giteau and he admitted the banter had been flying between the two this week.
“I caught up with Gits at the season launch in Sydney and there was a little bit of banter, there’s been a little bit of texting between us two and there’s been a few phone calls between us the last few weeks now and both of us are really looking forward to the game.”
Henjak’s Western Force, comfortably beaten in all the pre-season warm-ups, have been strengthened by former Brumbies Scott Fava and David Fitter, and the scrumhalf felt hte Force could start successfully in Perth.
The Brumbies have named a full-strength team for the season opener.