Hanson to seize Australia chance

Date published: September 2 2014

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The latest man to fill the Wallabies number two jersey, Reds hooker James Hanson hoped to avoid joining the injury curse.

The latest man to fill the Wallabies number two jersey, Reds hooker James Hanson hoped to avoid joining the injury curse.

Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau and now Nathan Charles have all been sidelined, giving Hanson the chance he's grateful for.

A chest injury has ruled out Charles after the Force hooker impressed in the opening matches against the All Blacks, hence Hanson's promotion to the starting XV.

“Hookers are a rare commodity in Australian rugby at the moment,” Hanson jokingly told AAP.

“The unfortunate part about rugby is injuries. But on the other side of it, it presents opportunities to people. If I do get that opportunity, I'll be extremely grateful.

“I've been around the squad for a few years now, with only a few minutes here and there.

“While you take any minutes you can, to get a start is the pinnacle of why you play the sport. For me, that's the goal.”

Wary of the threat posed by a strong Springbok lineout run by Victor Matfield, Hanson believes his signal callers have the ability to cope.

“In rugby, you look to challenge yourself, and there's no better way than to do it against the best,” added Hanson.

“We've got great callers in Rob Simmons, and other jumpers in Scott Fardy and Sam Carter. For me, I just put all my trust in those guys and focus on my job.

“If (Matfield) gets in there, then credit to him. But we've developed strategies around that.”

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