Brumby gets big kick from selection
HE IS a forgotten man of Australian rugby returned from the wilderness.
Brumbies blindside flanker Peter Kimlin, who played the last of his two Tests in 2009, gave himself no chance of playing against the British and Irish Lions until Wallabies coach Robbie Deans phoned him on Saturday.
Now the 27-year-old (pictured) is part of Australia's 31-man squad preparing for the first Test against the Lions at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on June 22.
Kimlin thought fellow recalled forward Hugh McMeniman was a chance of being drafted into the squad.
"But in terms of myself, not at all," he said yesterday on the Sunshine Coast, where the Wallabies have a week-long camp.
Kimlin, a form player for Australian Super Rugby conference leader the Brumbies, and five other players were yesterday confirmed as additions to Australia's initial 25-man squad.
The others are troubled back Kurtley Beale, winger Digby Ioane, inside centre Pat McCabe and prop Scott Sio.
Kimlin, who in April announced he had signed with French club FC Grenoble, admitted he might have opted to stay put had he known he was in the Wallabies' selection frame.
"It's been a long time since I've been in the system, so it's certainly a great feeling," the 198cm, 114kg back-five forward said.
"I was really surprised when I got the phone call."
Kimlin paid tribute to Brumbies coach Jake White for helping transform his game.
"In terms of my game, I've worked on my work rate," he said.
"I think that's what he's (White) tried to instil in my game - just the connection I have with the backs.
"My running game, I guess, is probably the most important thing"
He added: "Jake bases games on defence and that's something I've tried to improve in the last couple of years."
McCabe, sent home from last season's spring tour of Europe after injuring his neck against France in his 19th Test, received a facial injury that required eight stitches in the Brumbies' win over the Rebels on Friday.
The 25-year-old said his face was "a bit sore" and he would see Australia's doctor yesterday, but doubted there was a serious problem.
The Rebels clash was McCabe's first since he injured a knee against the Waratahs on May 18.
He said he felt good despite the lack of game time.
"I got through 70 (minutes) on the weekend and felt completely fine," he said.