Forgotten man Hanson still hopeful of World Cup call up

Wallabies reject James Hanson said he’s still hopeful of playing at the Rugby World Cup, despite being left out of Michael Cheika’s initial 31-man playing squad. Hanson, Sam Carter and Taqele Naiyaravoro all joined Wallabies camp in the US this week ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Eagles and are part of a wider shadow squad that will remain on standby before and during the World Cup. “His (Cheika’s) big message was to be ready. I don’t wish injury upon anyone but if it does happen then I’ve got to be ready to slot straight in there,” Hanson said after training at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The Melbourne Rebels recruit was part of the shadow squad for the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand and said he was bitterly disappointed to miss out on selection again. “It was an aim of mine from the beginning of the year and I haven’t given up on it, I’m still working really hard so that if an opportunity does arise, I’m ready,” he said. “From my per
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