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Tate aims to right wrongs of '08 World Cup

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As comeback stories go, Brent Tate's remarkable return to the Kangaroos squad is hard to beat.
Tate aims to right wrongs of '08 World Cup
by AAP

By Laine Clark

BRISBANE, Oct 8 AAP - As comeback stories go, Brent Tate's remarkable return to the Kangaroos squad is hard to beat.

But Tate is keen to add another compelling chapter as he looks to "right the wrongs" of Australia's shock 2008 World Cup final loss to New Zealand.

Five years ago Tate feared he would never play in another World Cup as he tried to comprehend the Kiwis' 34-20 boilover in the decider.

And three years ago, an inconsolable Tate believed his representative days were over when struck down by the third serious knee injury of his career in the Four Nations final.

But after capping a stirring return by being named in the Kangaroos' 24-strong World Cup squad, the North Queensland centre reckons he still has some unfinished business.

"I am happy I get a chance to right the wrongs of 2008," Tate said.

"It took a really long time to get over 2008. I remember four or five months later it was still pretty raw."

The 2008 World Cup loss may have stung for months but it did not prepare him for the devastation of the 2010 Four Nations.

TV cameras in the dressing room showed a distraught Tate crying uncontrollably while being comforted by Kangaroos support staff as he contemplated a career-threatening third knee reconstruction.

These days it is hard to wipe the smile off Tate's face.

"After the last World Cup in 2008 I just didn't think I would still be playing in another one," Tate said.

"And after 2010 I personally didn't think I would get back to playing Origin again or Tests.

"For me to be able to do that it really is the icing on the cake.

"Everything is a bonus at this stage.

"The next challenge is make that team."

And Tate believes his chances of making the starting 13 were "as good as anyone's" after helping spark Queensland's past two State of Origin series wins and chiming into three straight NRL finals campaigns for the Cowboys.

"Greg Inglis will be left centre so we will all be putting our hand up to get the other one," Tate said.

"Hopefully I get the inside running as the only specialist right centre in the squad.

"But I am looking forward to getting into the Test environment again.

"You never take these things for granted."

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