Alexander on track
Australia prop Ben Alexander is on target to return in next month's Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand in Hong Kong after recovering from knee surgery.
Alexander emerged as a key member of Robbie Deans' side in 2009, wearing the number three jumper in all 14 Tests after ousting veteran Al Baxter from the run-on side.
The 25-year-old tore his medial ligament in the first Test of the year - against Fiji in June. After a frustrating 12-week absence the likeable prop is now two games into his comeback having managed 70 minutes of club rugby this month, and will again come off the bench for Eastwood in Saturday's Shute Shield preliminary final against Randwick.
And while it is a monumental leap from club rugby to a Bledisloe Test, Alexander insists he can do the job against the All Blacks if selected.
"I'd like to play every game. I just want to get back in the team and just playing footy," he said of the upcoming five-Test tour against New Zealand, Wales, England, Italy and France.
"I know the Wallabies have got some goals of knocking over the All Blacks and it's going to be a pretty tough tour.
"Just personally I want to get on the tour and be a part of it because I think the way the guys were building towards the back end of that Tri Nations I think it's going to be an extremely successful tour.
"I'm excited as if it's the start of the season for me... I haven't been this excited to play footy or just train in general for a long time and I'm feeling really good.
"I've just got to get on and play well (against Randwick) and show the selectors I'm still a valuable contributor to the squad and a valuable person, so I've got a lot of work to do between now and Saturday."