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Rocket Rod is on a wing and a prayer

FEELING GOOD: Queensland Red and former Ipswich Grammar captain Rod Davies is hoping to reclaim his spot on the wing after an injury shortened 2012.
FEELING GOOD: Queensland Red and former Ipswich Grammar captain Rod Davies is hoping to reclaim his spot on the wing after an injury shortened 2012. Contributed

AFTER a season on the sidelines Rod Davies is doing everything he can to reclaim his Reds wing position.

Injured for most of the 2012 season he saw his place taken by Dom Shipperley who grabbed the spot with both hands, capping off the year with three Wallabies caps.

Davies had surgery on a knee ligament last April and more recently had a shoulder reconstruction which he said he's needed for some time.

"I'm feeling great, I probably needed to have the shoulder surgery for about a year," he said.

"I've had a full pre-season which is a great start."

Despite losing his spot after the injuries, Davies is making the most of the Reds pre-season trials.

He was named on the wing for the Reds first trial match of the season against the Blues in Toowoomba last weekend.

He made the most of the appearance and rekindled chemistry with returning flyhalf Quade Cooper, scoring a try off a Cooper offload.

He will again start on the wing in the Reds final trial against the Chiefs on the Sunshine Coast tomorrow.

Davies is using every start to remind coaching director Ewen McKenzie of what he can do on the rugby field.

"(My position) is definitely not assured," he said.

"Shipperley came in last year and really made it his own. He went on to bigger things with the Wallabies too."

It's not just Davies and Shipperley who are trying to stake their position on the side.

"There's about three or four guys fighting for that wing spot.

"I've been lucky enough to be named in the trials so all I can do is play my best.

"Every training session is a competition, which is a really good thing for the club. We've got some real talent."

Davies said the team is again aiming to be at the top of the Australian conference and trying for a title.

"We've had the same team together now for the past three or four seasons, so there are a lot of guys who know what to expect at that end of the season.

"I think we can definitely be there at the business end of the season.

"It's good to have Quade and Willy signed for this year. They're big parts of our team.

"Quade's fit and playing well and Genia should be back by round five."

The Reds will play their final trial this weekend before their Super Rugby season kicks off in Canberra against the Brumbies on Saturday, February 16.

Their first home game will be the following weekend at Suncorp Stadium against the NSW Waratahs.

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