Walker raring to go after injury woes

Date published: August 13 2014

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Ospreys wing Eli Walker can't wait for the season to start after overcoming an injury which cost him his Test debut.

Ospreys wing Eli Walker can't wait for the season to start after overcoming an injury which cost him his Test debut.

Walker was set to make his Test debut for Wales against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium, at the end of last year, but injured his hamstring in training two days before the match.

He returned to action for the Ospreys against Ulster but injured the hamstring again and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season.

Walker revealed that he asked legendary Wales wing Shane Williams for advice in a bid to overcome his injury battle.

“I'm not going to lie, I had a bit of a shocker with injuries last year,” Walker told the South Wales Evening Post.

“It was difficult, the South Africa game was going to be my first cap and it was a horrible thing to happen. But I'm quite strong minded.

“Yes, I was disappointed as soon as it happened, but you have to block it out of your mind.

“As for the injury against Ulster, I suppose it was better me knowing that my season was over and there was nothing to come back for.

“I was able to put my mind at rest and get ready for the season coming.

“When I first came in I was something like seventh choice wing with Shane, Nikki Walker, Tommy Bowe, Tom Prydie, Kristian Phillips and others here – I had to work my way up.

“Last year, Aisea and Jeff really picked the level up and you also have boys like Tom Grabham coming back and impressing in training.

“We are all pushing each other forward. It is not going to be easy to get back in.

“Shane had similar problems to me when he was about my age. I had a chat to him at the beginning of it all and he told me he had to change his running technique a bit.

“I sat down with a couple of specialists after that, they looked at footage of my running, broke it down and we have tweaked a few things to make it more efficient.

“I'm raring to go now. We're eight weeks into our pre-season at the moment and the injury is holding up well.

“I'm getting through plenty of work and rehab with the physios, I just can't wait to get out on the pitch.”

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