Gill rejects French advances for World Cup dream
February 27, 2014
Gill will be looking to make his mark on Super Rugby to earn place in Wallabies line-up © Getty Images
Rejecting interest from French clubs, Reds flanker Liam Gill has backed himself "to give it a shot" and follow his dream to play for the Wallabies in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Although he will be in a tussle with two world class flankers in Michael Hooper and David Pocock, Gill discarded French club offers to stay in Australia.
"I was in touch with them [French clubs]. But I was more than happy to stay with the Reds and Australian rugby. I just backed myself to give it a shot," Gill told Fairfax Media. "I really do back myself to make it at Australian level and that's where I want to end up. I want to make sure I give myself that chance."
Gill made quick work at the Reds, gaining 42 Super Rugby caps by the age of 21 and quickly established himself as an elite competitor on the side of the scrum. He quickly moved up the ranks to the Wallabies squad but was pipped by Waratahs star Michael Hooper who started in all five Tests during the November tour.
Gill chose to remain with the Reds until 2015, backing his ability to win the No.7 jersey over rivals Hooper and Pocock. However, Gill does believe he still has a lot to prove with both stars standing out during their time in the Wallabies jersey, but will be sure to stamp his authority in Super Rugby.
"I've still got a lot to prove. They've both been ahead of me in the pecking order and that has been the case. There's a lot that I need to go out and prove. That's what I set out to do. It's Super Rugby where I can show what I can do and influence the game," Gill said.
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