Higginbotham after starting role

Date published: September 11 2014

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Scott Higginbotham has vowed to do all he can to reclaim a starting spot for the Wallabies after again being named on the bench.

Scott Higginbotham has vowed to do everything he can to reclaim a starting spot for the Wallabies after again being named on the bench.

Ewen McKenzie chose to start Ben McCalman for this week's clash with Argentina after Wycliff Palu had been ruled out through injury.

McCalman has not featured for Australia so far during the Rugby Championship, but earns the nod as a starter, with McKenzie preferring Higginbotham's impact off the bench.

And while the Rebels number eight will certainly play a part in the game on the Gold Coast, he admits it's frustrating to be passed over for a starting spot.

“All 23 have a role to play but in saying that, especially at this level, every player wants to start,” said Higginbotham.

“Of course, I'm disappointed. He [McKenzie] keeps telling me that I have that X-factor and what he wants from me is to get more work out of myself first at the tackles and the breakdowns and then the other stuff will come naturally.

“I've just got to prove to him that I can do everything.

“Over the length of my career I've done everything, I just have to put it all in front of him and he'll see that I can do the job.

“It's about making it harder for them not to pick you.”

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