1 Jun 2012

Former North Harbour first five keen to play for the Wallabies

11:57 am on 1 June 2012

The former North Harbour first five Mike Harris says he's ready to make his test rugby debut for the Wallabies.

Harris now plays for the Queensland Reds and is eligible to play for Australia through a paternal grandmother and says it's a goal he's had his sights on since joining the Reds two years ago.

With Quade Cooper still in the early stages of his return from knee surgery and Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor unavailable through injury, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has a major five-eighth shortage on his hands.

Harris, a former New Zealand under-20 representative, is now in contention this week to play at first or second five against Scotland, especially with Deans needing to consider saving Berrick Barnes for the first Test against Wales in Brisbane four days later.

The 23-year-old Harris says he's ready for the challenge of a Test debut and is also keen to take on the goalkicking duties.