Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii has just two matches to convince Australian selectors he should be re-selected for the Kangaroos.
Canberra wrecking ball Josh Papalii is itching to do some damage.
The Raiders second-rower will return against Newcastle in Canberra this Saturday with just two games to convince Australian selectors he should retain his place in the Kangaroos line-up for the May 2 Test against New Zealand.
Papalii, 21, stormed into representative footy last year when he made his State of Origin debut for Queensland, then played for Australia in the World Cup.
But his 2014 season hasn’t been so fortunate.
He’s been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury against the Knights in round two.
Papalii said while Test and Maroons re-selection was a goal, his focus remained solely on playing well for the Raiders.
“Hopefully I can just play some good footy and see where it takes me,” he said.
The devastating ball-runner says he’ll look to quickly rekindle his blossoming combination with skipper Terry Campese on the right edge to help lift the Raiders from 13th spot.
“Hopefully do some damage and win some games,” Papalii said.
And while the ankle injury has kept him out of action for three matches, he was confident the worst of it was behind him.
“It’s looking good. I’m pretty keen to get out there. I can’t wait,” he said.