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Freier hits 'rock bottom' with latest injury
September 28, 2009
Australia hooker Adam Freier waits to catch the ball during training at Matraville Sports High, Sydney, Australia, July 29, 2008
Adam Freier's latest injury problem has caused him to miss out on selection for Australia's training squad © Getty Images
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Adam Freier has spoken of his anguish over an untimely injury during Sunday's Shute Shield Grand Final that prevented him from staking a claim for a Wallabies recall.

The 29-year-old hooker suffered a calf problem just 25 minutes into the climax of the Sydney club competition, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans in attendance.

Deans has named an extended 43-man squad for the end-of-year tour and Freier, who had just returned from a long lay-off with a biceps tear sustained on Super 14 duty with the Waratahs, is not included after missing his chance to impress.

"It's devastating [because] I couldn't play in a [full] grand final, devastating [because] I worked so hard to get back," the 25-times-capped Freier told the Sydney Morning Herald. "You can look at it any way.

"For me at the moment, if there was a rock bottom, that would be it. That was my dream canvas - to play in that game the way it was played with Stu Dickinson refereeing pretty hard on the ball. It would have been perfect for me."


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