September 18, 2022
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Kerevi confident of barnstorming return

Fiji-born injured Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi is confident to return to his barnstorming form while continuing to recover from a ruptured ACL.
 
Kerevi suffered the injury during the Commonwealth Games against Kenya, likely keeping him on the sidelines until April is drawing inspiration from legendary centre Tim Horan, who also made a similar recovery in time for the 1995 World Cup.
 
The barnstorming centre initially thought it was just a knock, shortly afterwards accepting the reality.
 
"I thought I had cracked a bone," he reflected to reporters.
 
"I walked off and felt fine but obviously the doc was having a look at it in the back and said there was no endpoint from my ACL and started getting head noise."
 
"I probably accepted what was going on an hour later, whatever the outcome was and obviously the scans showed that I had ruptured it."
 
"It’s just part of footy and I have no regrets…after speaking to (Suntory, his Japanese club), they’ve been really supportive, they understand it’s part of footy and no one wants to get injured. Hopefully, I’m back towards the end of the season."
 
This is the first major injury in the 28-year-old's career as he is eager to be fit for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
 
In an ironic twist, the former Queensland Red was operated on by the same doctor who did Horan's knee surgery in 1994, where he tore both the cruciate and medial ligaments in his knee.
 
"I’ve been speaking with a lot of guys who have done their ACLs and they are really positive. I was speaking with Timmy Horan and he did his before the World Cup and the same doctor who operated on him, operated on me," he revealed.
 
"Hopefully I get some good luck from that. Peter Myers is a great surgeon and (has been) telling me a lot of stories of boys coming back from ACL surgery."
 
"I’ve got a lot of confidence I'll come back fine."
 
By Romeka Romena  
 


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