Brumbies prop Scott Sio is set to play his first match in six months. Photo: Melissa AdamsACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio is excited and nervous about his first game of rugby union in six months, which will also be the launch pad to fulfil his dream of playing for the Wallabies at this year’s World Cup.
Sio snapped a ligament in his ankle at Wallabies training after last year’s Super Rugby season and he needed surgery to repair it.
When he first injured his ankle he didn’t realise how serious is was with the adrenalin masking the pain from when he slid to get the ball, only for his foot to get stuck and he hearing a snap.
By the end of the week he’d gone under the knife and was preparing himself for rehab.
Since then he’s been working with one goal in mind – to play round one against the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on February 13.
He’ll have his first hit-out in a trial against the Western Force in Perth on Friday before travelling to Wagga Wagga to take on the Otago Highlanders in their final pre-season hitout.
While he said the focus had been on getting ready for the Reds, he’d be lying if he said he hadn’t thought about the World Cup in England and Wales in September.
“It’s a bit of mixed emotion, nervous and excited at the same time,” Sio said.
“It’s been about six months so I’m just going to be looking to get out there and put in a good performance for the boys and for myself individually.
“You’d be lying if you weren’t thinking about [the World Cup], it’s something that every player aspires to.
“It’s such a great event in the rugby calendar but a lot of boys, especially here, know that it takes hard work and dedication for your Super Rugby franchise to achieve that goal.”
Brumbies assistant coach Dan McKellar expected Sio to be in the mix for the Wallabies World Cup squad.
He also thought a few years in the system had the 23-year-old primed to take his game to another level.
“We’re looking for Scotty to step up and take on a little more responsibility,” McKellar said.
“He’s got that three years of experience now so he’s certainly someone who, with the World Cup year ahead of us, we’re looking for to really step up and lead from the front.
“When he’s playing well he’s going to be there or there abouts for the Wallabies when the World Cup squad’s selected.”
Sio is one of several key players returning from serious injury, with Scott Fardy (knee) and captain Stephen Moore (knee) also on the mend.
While neither Fardy nor Moore will play in Perth, they’re expected to be available for selection for round one.
McKellar said only fullback Jesse Mogg (shoulder) was expected to miss the start of the season, which kicks off in about three weeks.
“We’re pretty hopeful that besides Jesse Mogg we’ll have all members available for selection for round one, still a bit of work to get through, but we’re hopeful that will be the case providing we get through the trial games unscathed,” he said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.