4 Sep 2008

Barnes in race to make Bledisloe decider

6:04 am on 4 September 2008

The injured Wallabies midfield back Berrick Barnes' is pushing himself to the limit in a bid to play in next week's Tri-Nations decider in Brisbane.

Barnes has been deemed by Wallabies management as "unlikely" for the big match, but the 22 year old lynchpin has reported encouraging signs in his shoulder rehabilitation.

Barnes gives himself only a 50-50 chance at this stage, but he's optimistic that if he can train solidly with the Wallabies at Ballymore on Monday he'll be right to play the All Blacks on Saturday week.