Sport

Return to NRL is not ruled out

Shannon Walker breaks away to score a try for Australia against Samoa in the Tokyo Sevens earlier this month. Walker says he is loving the rugby but has not discounted one day returning to the NRL
Shannon Walker breaks away to score a try for Australia against Samoa in the Tokyo Sevens earlier this month. Walker says he is loving the rugby but has not discounted one day returning to the NRL Getty Images

A CHRONIC but long undiagnosed lower-back problem has emerged as one of the main reasons for the injury-plagued career of former Titans fullback and Australian rugby sevens player Shannon Walker.

The Kyogle product was released from the Titans last August and made his debut for the Australian sevens team only three weeks ago following persistent hamstring injury.

"It turns out the main source of my problem was an impingement in my lower back," Walker said.

"It was causing a pelvic tilt and putting all the pressure on my hamstring.

"I'd keep pushing myself and be back for a week and then out again for three - it was really frustrating."

Walker was part of the Australian team that defeated Samoa 28-26 in the final of the Tokyo Sevens last week.

He credits his ability to pick up the game in such a short time to coach and fellow rugby league convert Michael O'Connor.

"He understands where I'm coming from because he's done the same thing," Walker said.

"I'm loving the rugby. I've already been to Fiji, Hong Kong and Japan.

"We have England and Scotland coming up soon so that will be another two I can tick off the box."

Although Walker has his sights set on playing in the Australian sevens team at the 2016 Olympics, he admits he would love to play rugby league again.

"I would definitely love to come back but that is a long way down the track," he said.

"I had injuries at the Titans and I was never going to get ahead of Preston Campbell and Zilly (William Zillman).

"We have a young team and the plan is to come together now and aim for those Olympics.

"I live in Brisbane and we travel around and train in Sydney and Canberra so it's just as hectic as being in the NRL.

"I'm racking up a heap of frequent flyer points anyway."

The sevens team has a month to prepare for the final two World Series events of the year which will be held next month.

Topics:  football, gold coast titans, nrl, rugby league, shannon walker



Cocaine dealing pensioner jailed for three years

Cocaine and heroine

'Breaking bad' disability pensioner gets jail time.

Firies warn: Be careful to avoid 'serious snags' this long weekend

gympie high naplan. WARM UP: Elsa James (Education Support) and Head of Year 7 Gay Collins (right) man the barbecue.

FOLLOW these simple tips and have a fire-proof long weekend

Know of an unsafe footpath? It's your chance to tell council

It's your chance to tell someone about an unsafe or annoying footpath in your area.

Have your say on the Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan

Local Partners

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Ten things to do this week

CLASSIC: A finals heat from the 1985 Byron bay Malibu Club Classic
Photo Contributed

Surf, music, comedy and plenty of cabaret

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities