Gerrard could move to fullback

Wallaby and Brumby Mark Gerrard is “raring to go” and is even thinking about making a move from wing to fullback.

The Brumbies winger was selected for the world cup but after one tackle he was forced off injured and has had the time since the world cup to prepare himself for the 2008 Super 14 and rehabilitating his injured knee.

Compared to last year when he was embarrassingly sent home for being unfit he now weighs 100kg and last year at the same time he weighed 107kg.

“I’m raring to go,” he told AAP today. “The knee has held up really, really well.

“I’ve lost four or five kilos so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I was so far behind the eight ball this time last year it wasn’t funny.

“I’ve taken this injury as a blessing in disguise. I look back now and I know you can’t be in that shape and be a professional footballer.”

Gerrard will start with the Brumbies as their senior back following the retirements of George Gregan and Stephen Larkham and injuries to Stirling Mortlock and Clyde Rathbone. The situation sounds a little odd given that he is still only 25.

With Mortlock out Adam Ashley-Cooper is the likely replacement at outside centre which means that either Gerrard or Julian Huxley will play at No.15.

Huxley played some great rugby at 15 but also stood in for Larkham last year and did a pretty good job at it which increases the likelihood that Gerrard will move to 15.

He will know what to expect as well since he has played six of his 58 games for the Brumbies at fullback.

“I’d like to play 15,” he said.

“You’ve got a free rein and more of a chance to spread your wings.”

Brumbies coach Fisher says that is looking to Gerrard to deliver his best season for the new-look Brumbies but is none the wiser whether he’ll deliver it wearing jersey 15 or 11.

“You know that Huxley will be on the park, you know that Ashley-Cooper will be on the park, you that Gerrard will be on the park but where they’ll be will depend a lot on how other blokes go and then what the best make-up is,” he said.

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