Brumbies second-rower Blake Enever was on a coffee run before an NRC match on Sunday when he missed a phone call from an unknown number.
“I thought it was maybe one of the guys asking for a coffee,” Enever said. “I called him back, he missed it, but then straight away [he] called back and said: ‘It’s Michael Cheika, mate, do you want to come on the spring tour?'”
Enever, a 26-year-old, 200-centimetre forward with just three Super Rugby starts this year, went into shock.
And when he ran out onto T G Millner Field for the Canberra Vikings against the Greater Sydney Rams, he decided to keep the best news of his career a secret from teammates.
After the game, which the Vikings won 35-22, he passed on the good news and began telling those closest to him that he would be travelling to the UK for the first time.
“It’s awesome news and I was so stoked to hear that,” Enever said. “It’s an opportunity for myself.
“It was a bit of a surprise. I still had to try and stay focused as much as I could. In the back of my mind I was really excited to get into camp today [Monday]. I tried not to go into my shell. At the back of my mind I wanted to play well and try and flow into the camp as well as possible.
“I called my fiancee and she was pretty stoked and then tried to keep it a bit quiet until after the game. I had a few mates in the team that were stoked after the game. I didn’t want to tell them before, otherwise it could have rattled them a little bit. Everyone has been happy for me.”
Once he got the news, Enever had to spring into action, knowing the Wallabies were flying to Japan within 48 hours.
“I caught the bus back to Canberra on Sunday and I got home at 11.30pm, packed, [was] in bed by midnight,” he said. “Then I was up at 4.30am for a 6.10am flight. That was all fine. It was a big day today.”
Enever went on a schoolboy tour to Japan in 2008 and played for Australia at the 2011 Junior World Championship in Italy but has never been to Wales, England or Scotland where the Wallabies will play Tests in November.
Cheika has liked a number of Enever’s traits and after a Super Rugby quarter-final, then-Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham told Enever he was made of the right stuff to one day become a Wallaby.
“It’s a dream to be able to be a part of the Wallabies squad,” Enever said. “I wasn’t expecting it but I’m really stoked to get the call.
“I’m sure I’m not going over there for a holiday but a day here and there would be good to get your mind off rugby for a bit.
“He [Cheika] has explained a few roles he wants me to take on in the lineout but moving forward hopefully he’ll drip-feed them into me because it’s been a pretty big day so far. He’ll have a few things I’ll need to work on and offer to the squad.
“There’s a fair bit of knowledge that I’ve got to try and knuckle down on in the first couple of days and from then on it’s just refining them and getting myself the best opportunity to be picked.”
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