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Flanker Gill ready to make impression

SUPER RUGBY: Reds openside flanker Liam Gill hates sitting out injured, but he will put all his anxieties aside when he makes a long-awaited comeback against the Blues at Eden Park on Friday night.

Gill tore his hamstring five weeks ago and, with the Reds now languishing in 13th, the Wallabies representative will be rushed back for this must-win game.

Rather than feeling the burden of trying to lift a team that has lost its past three matches, including a 35-21 defeat by the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday night, Gill (pictured) said he was delighted to be back playing.

"I'm very excited to be back and it's exciting playing at Eden Park. We understand how tough it is, so it makes it even more exciting," he said.

"We understood going into the Hurricanes game how tough it would be. The Blues will be the same task."

Gill said it would take only one match-winning play to help turn the Reds' season around.

The Blues have won their past four games at home, including an impressive 21-13 victory against the Waratahs last Friday night.

Coach John Kirwan is sweating on the availability of captain Luke Braid who missed the Tahs game with a shoulder injury.

Kirwan said he would know more today about the prospect of Braid playing, but has already foreshadowed bringing in Brendon O'Connor at openside flanker.



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