Tune targets tour spot

Former Wallaby winger Ben Tune has highlighted his ambition to rejoin the national squad ahead of the World Cup.

Despite having 46 caps to his name, Tune hasn’t played for the Aussies since 2002. Although he was selected for bench duty earlier this year against the All Blacks in Christchurch, he did not take the field.

But since enjoying a good run of form with his provincial side Queensland Reds, the 29 year old is pushing for a spot on the Australia tour of Europe later this year. He featured prominently in the Reds’ recent 20-19 win over the Brumbies, scoring a try that turned the match. Even if he fails to be included in the 37-man touring party, he believes that he still has a chance of going to the World Cup in France.

“I’d like to think I’ll make the tour but I also keep in mind that blooding younger guys is always part of these end-of-season tours,” Tune said in the Courier Mail.

“If I’m left behind, I know I’m capable of a good Super 14 next year with a Reds team that’s on the improve. In the right form, selectors have to look at you.”

Another player who is hoping to make a comeback to the Wallaby squad is Western Force scrumhalf Matt Henjak. With Australian captain George Gregan being rested until the Vodacom Super 14, the selectors may look to give the young No 9 game time.

“He [Gregan] is obviously the Wallaby captain so he was definitely going to get picked, and now there’s one more spot there that’s up for grabs. Hopefully I can put my hand up and get on that tour,” Henjak told ABC Sport.

The Wallabies tour includes games against Wales in Cardiff (4 November), Italy in Rome (11 November), Ireland in Dublin (18 November) and Scotland in Edinburgh (25 November), as well as matches against the Ospreys, Ireland A and Scotland A.