Kuridrani up for mid­field bat­tle

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In­cum­bent Wal­la­bies out­side cen­tre Te­vita Kuridrani says he’d be happy to switch po­si­tions for next month’s Tests against Eng­land if it means keep­ing his start­ing spot. Kuridrani was one of 10 Brumbies named in Michael Cheika’s 39-man train­ing squad for the se­ries be­gin­ning on June 11. The 25-year-old has been the Wal­la­bies’ first-choice No.13 for the past two years but could face stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Is­rael Fo­lau and Queens­land Reds rev­e­la­tion Samu Kerevi.

In­juries to Kurt­ley Beale and Matt Toomua, how­ever, have given some room for move­ment in the back­line. Cheika has flagged the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing Kuridrani to in­side cen­tre along­side Fo­lau for a size­able com­bi­na­tion. “I don’t re­ally know what his plans are,” Kuridrani said.

“I don’t re­ally care where I move to. As long as I’m play­ing I’ll be happy.” Kuridrani ad­mit­ted he’d never played at No.12 but had de­fended there.

“It’s prob­a­bly ex­cit­ing hav­ing that threat (of big cen­tres) in the mid­field but at the end of the day it’s up to the coach and what he wants to pick.

“I’m just try­ing to im­prove on my rugby and let the rest deal with it­self.” The Fi­jian-born star has played ev­ery minute of ev­ery game for the Brumbies this sea­son and said he hoped to carry that mo­men­tum into the Test se­ries. On Thurs­day, he was pre­sented with a cheque do­nated by for­mer Brumbies and Wal­la­bies hooker Marco Ca­puto to help Fiji re­cover from the dam­age of Cy­clone Win­ston. Kuridrani and team­mate Henry Speight have raised al­most $30,000 to help re­build their home coun­try. Planet Rugby Planet Rugby

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