James Slips into Reds training

Date published: January 7 2016

Wallabies prop James Slipper said he had put his World Cup campaign behind him as he returns to training with the Reds ahead of this year's Super Rugby competition.

Slipper, along with Rob Simmons, Greg Holmes and Kane Douglas, joined Reds training this week and early indications are that he has hit the ground running.

"The Rugby World Cup was a special moment in my career, it was my second World Cup and the way we came together and played a game that all Australians could be proud of was pretty special," said Slipper. 

"It was disappointing we didn't get the win at the end but overall the experience was unbelievable and it's something I'll never forget," added Slipper, reflecting on what was a positive experience. 

The focus has quickly shifted to Southern Hemisphere franchise rugby though and Slipper is as focused as he has ever been.

"It's important for us to have a good season in 2016, we need to engage with our fan base and prove a point to them," explained Slipper.

"One of our main goals at the Reds is to play a brand of Rugby that all Queenslanders can be proud of, whether you're a Rugby fan or not, you can walk away from a game proud of us whatever the result. That's something we're striving for and it's influencing our training at the moment. We're looking forward to having a good crack this year.

"In saying that we need to be comfortable and confident in our game and the hard work we're putting in at the moment will put us in good stead. There is a really good vibe around Ballymore, the squad is training hard and really looking forward to the year ahead."