BACK FROM JAPAN: Scott Higginbotham is hoping he can be part of the Wallabies squad this season.
BACK FROM JAPAN: Scott Higginbotham is hoping he can be part of the Wallabies squad this season. JOOSEP MARTINSON

Higginbotham eyes return to Wallabies

RUGBY UNION: After a two-year stint in Japan, Scott Higginbotham is hoping for a recall to the Wallabies squad this year.

The 30-year-old No.8 is back with the Queensland Reds after two years with Japanese Top League club NEC Green Rockets.

With David Pocock taking a year off rugby, Higginbotham knows there's an opening in the Wallabies line-up, but he doesn't know if he is part of coach Michael Cheika's plans.

Higginbotham knows he will be up against Sean McMahon and Lopeti Timani - who both played at No.8 for the Wallabies last year - to replace Pocock.

The last Test in his 32 appearances in the green and gold was against South Africa in 2015.

"I'll be playing football to the best of my ability and whatever happens from that happens. It's not my choice in the end,” he said.

He will join former teammates Quade Cooper, Stephen Moore and Leroy Houston for a second stint at the Reds this year.

"Blokes want to come back and they've got a certain amount of feeling towards the jersey,” Higginbotham said.

"That's great. It'll show in the football hopefully.”

However, he isn't getting carried away about Queensland's chances in Super Rugby this year.

"Watching how difficult it was for the Australian teams last season against the New Zealand and South Africa franchises, everyone's got a long way to go,” he said.

"I think anyone's a chance.”


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