Rebels' Super Ruru eyeing Wallabies jumper

Melissa Woods

Melbourne halfback Michael Ruru has declared he's not just making up the numbers for the Rebels and is aiming to push his claims for Wallabies selection.

The 27-year-old will start Friday night's Super Rugby game against the Stormers in Cape Town, replacing injured Will Genia who also missed last round's clash with the Bulls.

Ruru held his own in the absence of the Test No.9 and was one of Melbourne's best in the 27-10 loss in Pretoria.

The Kiwi-born playmaker says he's eligible for Australia through residency and wants to play for the Wallabies.

"I've been here four years and I'm eligible and (Wallabies coach Michael Cheika) knows that too," Ruru said.

"They know I want to play for the Wallabies so I've made that clear.

"My family is set up here and the next step for me is international rugby and that's with the Wallabies."

With Rebels coach Dave Wessels choosing on form rather than reputation, Anaru Rangi held out Wallabies hooker Jordan Uelese once given a chance in the starting jersey.

But leaving a fit Genia, who has been in vintage form, on the bench would be a massive call.

"I definitely haven't taken this jersey for granted and I want to keep it but whatever happens, happens," Ruru said.

Genia stayed behind in Melbourne after suffering a slight hamstring strain but is back running and has been training hard.

Ruru, who was a scaffolder before getting his first professional contract with the Western Force last year, said he expected nothing less.

"No-one's here to be on the bench or not in the 23; everyone's here to start," he said.

"I think that's the great competitive nature of our team as there's players here who in another franchise would be in the starting team.

"That keeps senior players honest."