Bernie ready for England

Injured flyhalf Stephen Larkham has declared himself an almost certain starter for the Wallabies’ Test against England next month.

The Wallabies’ 42-man training squad wrapped up their three-day camp in Sydney with a final training session on Thursday morning, where Larkham said he was close to fully recovered from a hamstring injury that cut short his Super 14 season, News24 reported.

Larkham said he probably would have been ready to play in the Super 14 semi-finals last week had the Brumbies qualified and that he should be fine to tackle the English in Sydney on June 11.

Coach John Connolly and fellow national selectors will trim the preliminary squad to 33 on Monday before heading to camp at Coffs Harbour.

Meanwhile, Queensland prop Rodney Blake is expected to announce on Friday that he will stay with the Reds next season rather than accept a lucrative offer to play in France.

Blake said the lure of a Wallabies jumper had him leaning towards remaining in Australia.