Lyons-hearted David happy to be back with Wallabies
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
TOMORROW Coffs Harbour's most famous part-time residents return to their Pacific Bay base.
The 37-strong Wallabies squad will be touching down at Coffs Harbour's airport tomorrow as they embark on a six-day training camp to prepare for their spring tour of Europe.
One of those that is ecstatic to be back in Coffs Harbour as part of the Wallabies squad is Waratahs number eight David Lyons.
Along with Western Force hooker Brendan Cannon and Waratahs teammate Morgan Turinui, Lyons has been recalled into the squad after a long absence. He has spent months rehabilitating from a prolapsed disc in his back.
"I've put a lot of hard work into getting over it and it's been basically a year since I last played for the Wallabies so I'm pretty happy to be back in the squad," Lyons said
"I'm just hoping to show some good form on the training paddock and get back in the team, that's my major goal."
Lyons knows he's still in for some hard work ahead if he's to regain his spot but like the rest of the squad, he's also looking forward to the relaxing atmosphere that Camp Wallaby offers when the hard work of training is over for the day.
"Definitely mate, especially at this time of year," he said.
"A lot of the boys will get down to the beach when we're not training and really enjoy ourselves in Coffs Harbour again."
Centre Stirling Mortlock will captain the squad in the absence of the rested George Gregan, although he will miss the opening Test against Wales in Cardiff on November 4 after undergoing knee surgery.
Selectors have gone with an expanded leadership group underneath Mortlock by naming Dan Vickerman, Phil Waugh, Chris Latham and Stephen Larkham as vice-captains.
"We've picked the squad on form but we've also made some selections with a view to the future," Wallabies coach John Connolly said.
"It's important that we continue to broaden the squad in the lead-up to the World Cup, but we are going with the expectation to win all four Tests."