Blake to work hard in bid for more time with Wallabies
RUGBY UNION: Old-fashioned toil is the order of the day for Brumbies lock Blake Enever, in his quest to get another Wallabies call-up.
The Sunshine Coast product, who is back in his old home town for a trial against the Chiefs, made a shock debut appearance for his country against England at Twickenham in November before getting another run against Scotland a week later.
He's eager to get another taste of the big time but understands it's not that easy.
"I was stoked with the way last year finished and very happy with how that went," he said. "I'd love to be back there again.
"But I can't rely on being called up again. I've got to work hard for it.
"I've just got to keep working hard. That's the only thing I can control."
With the World Cup 18 months away, the 26-year-old is simply focused on playing well with the Brumbies.
That's what earned him a call-up in the first place.
He's eagerly anticipating his team's pre-season clash against the Chiefs at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday.
"I'm happy to play some footy on a field I used to play on when I was young," he said.
"For me to come back and play in front of family and friends will be awesome and to catch up with them this week has been good."
Enever returns to the region, where he still has family, when he can.
But his presence was particularly noted this time around, given he now boasts a Wallabies cap.
The students at his old school, Sunshine Coast Grammar, were thrilled to get a visit from him and the Brumbies.
"Blake is a real inspiration for players at the school, proving that with hard work and determination dreams can become a reality," Sunshine Coast Grammar School Head of Rugby Will Urquhart said.
Enever is also helping a few of his team-mates get through the Queensland summer.
"It shocked a few of the boys. It's a different kind of heat you get up here but we've been to the beach a couple of times to cool off," he said before suggesting they may head for a surf the day after the trial.
"A few of the boys might be a bit keen and after the game I might get dad to drop a few boards down and if we're feeling up to it we might have a bit of a go."