Enever eager to earn Test debut

International
by Sam Phillips

A Wallabies debut would be nothing short of "a dream come true" for Spring Tour bolter Blake Enever.

The born and bred Sunshine Coast product was, along with fellow lock Matt Philip, one of two Spring Tour bolters named on Sunday and he has already cast his mind to what it would be like to pull on the gold jersey at some point in the coming month.

"It's really exciting," Enever said.

"Obviously I am over the moon to get the call up, be part of the squad and just be in the mix with these great players.

"It would be unreal to be able to debut for the Wallabies.

"It would be a dream come true."Enever has joined the Wallabies in Sydney. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Craig FitzsimmonsPhilip's selection comes off the back of a breakout 2017 but Enever's emergence has been more of a slow burn.

He was forced to head south and take an opportunity with the Brumbies after receiving limited opportunities at the Reds from 2012 to 2014 and even then, his 30 caps for the Canberra club to date have for the most part, been from the bench.

Sam Carter and Rory Arnold have been the first choice locks in Canberra for some time now but with Arnold injured and Carter currently out of favour, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has called upon a player that, in his eyes, has serious potential.

Now that he is part of the squad, Enever is eager to impress at training and, with some luck, force his way into the 23.

"I've been in and around for a while now but I've just been trying to get better day by day," he said.

"I've been exposed to a lot of good coaches along the way and I'm just really grateful for the opportunity.Liam Wright and Blake Enever are two fresh faces in Wallabies camp. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Craig Fitzsimmons"The way they express the squad is that it's a level playing field and if you're training well you are going to get the opportunities, as we have seen over the last couple of months.

"I think you just have to go hard every day at training, do your best and hopefully those opportunities will come."

Much has been said of Cheika's investment in young talent and Enever spoke to the importance of soaking up everything he possibly can on tour.

"With squad rotation and things like that there are a lot of young blokes having a crack and they're doing really well," he said.

"It's very important to expose younger players to those older players that have been around for a while.

"Just to get that experience off them and learn what you can.

"Then it can flow on and you haven't got such a big jump between them.

"Things can just flow on and the whole squad will benefit."

The Wallabies take on Japan in Yokohama on Saturday, kicking off at 4:40pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

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