Western Force centre Kyle Godwin has finally recovered from the knee injury that cruelled his chances of making his Wallabies debut in June.
Rising rugby star Kyle Godwin has put his Wallabies dream on hold for the time being as he focuses on his latest return from injury.
Godwin would have been a Wallaby by now if it wasn’t for a cruel run of injuries that came at the worst possible times.
In 2013, Godwin missed the chance to earn selection on the Wallabies’ Spring Tour after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction.
Then earlier this year, a knee injury ruled the 22-year-old out of contention for Australia’s 3-0 whitewash of France and the start of the Rugby Championship.
Godwin initially thought he would only miss one week with the left knee injury, but he ended up spending more than three months on the sidelines after subsequent scans showed significant damage to his posterior cruciate ligament.
The Western Force speedster will make his long-awaited return on Sunday when he lines up for Perth Spirit in their National Rugby Championship clash with Brisbane City at McGillivray Oval.
Former Test skipper James Horwill, Force captain Matt Hodgson and bullocking forward Ben McCalman are also set to feature in the match in the hope of impressing Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.
Australia were humiliated 51-20 by the All Blacks in New Zealand last week, and McKenzie is considering making a host of changes for the September 6 showdown with South Africa in Perth.
The Wallabies play another five Tests over the next eight weeks, but a dream Test debut isn’t at the forefront of Godwin’s thinking at the moment.
“Right now I’m struggling to even get a spot in the NRC, so that’s my first priority,” Godwin said on Tuesday.
“I’ve had a bit of bad luck in terms of a few injuries over the years.
“Hopefully I can put those behind me and get on the field and improve my rugby.
“I’m feeling great, and I’m very confident in my knee.
“There’s always going to be a bit of elasticity in the knee. It’s going to be a bit loose.
“But my body’s gotten used to that.”
The Force won a franchise-record nine games in 2014, and Godwin is optimistic they can push for a finals berth next year after coming close this season.