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University of Canberra Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua has given himself every chance of starting the Super Rugby season after working his way through rehabilitation to be on the edge of fulltime training.
While Toomua was ruled out of the majority of the 2012 Super Rugby season after a knee injury suffered against the Sharks at Canberra Stadium, he is now almost back to full strength.
He enjoyed his first field session and team run on Tuesday afternoon after what feels like at eternity of solo sessions in the gym with the University of Canberra Brumbies rehabilitation crew.
Six months of intensive rehab work with the University of Canberra Brumbies medical team and Athletic Performance Department has him in good shape and ready to tackle 2013.
“It’s exciting to be training with the guys again, the last couple of months have been quite individualised just trying to get my knee right,” Toomua said.
“Particularly heading into this afternoon with our first team run, all the boys are together and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Rather than rush into anything I’ve got to balance everything between recovery and conditioning so I’m giving myself the best chance at returning strong. We’re not aiming for the first game specifically so the pressure is off there – I know I’ve still got plenty of time.
“It’s a balancing act trying to get my conditioning right while rehabbing my knee properly but I’m confident everything will keep running smoothly and I’ll be there for round one.”
Toomua was in strong form prior to the 2012 season claiming Man of the Match honours in Darwin against the Force then back in Canberra against the ACT XV.
Now with 29 caps to his name, Toomua is ready to cement his spot in the starting side and return to the fulltime squad injury free.
“Sometimes you look back at things and it has been a while, but I’m here now and I’ve come along way,” Toomua said.
“I’ve spoken to current and former Brumbies who have had the same injury as me – guys like Jeremy Paul and Benny Mowen – and they’ve managed to come back as better players.
“I just want to get back out there. I’m dying to get back out there but I’ve got a few boxes to tick until that happens.”
H/W: 182cm, 91kg
DOB: 02/01/1990, Melbourne, Victoria
Senior Club: Royals, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 29
Super Rugby Points: 20 (4t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2008 v Hurricanes, Canberra