It’s the last time the Australian has played for the Queensland Reds, and the former All Blacks captain is looking to put the final touches to his comeback with the Queensland Rugby Union.
Griffin has been a star for Queensland over the past 12 months and has been named in the All Blacks squad for this weekend’s Six Nations opener against Scotland.
The 26-year-old will be the only player from the Aussies squad to be selected by New Zealand.
While he will not be making the Test squad, it is unlikely that he will be missing out on the chance to play in his native country.
A return to the field is a big part of the equation, and Griffin has a strong relationship with the All Black coach Steve Hansen, who was one of the first to congratulate him on his first-class debut last year.
“He’s a good guy and a good teammate,” Hansen told Channel Nine’s Four Corners.
“He was a huge part of our win over Scotland in the Six Nations.
I can’t wait to see him back out there again.”
Griffin, who played for New Zealand for two seasons, was contracted to the Aussie team until 2019, but has been unable to sign a new deal since leaving the All Whites in 2016.
He is now in a two-year deal with the Reds.
As a result, the A-League’s club season is not over yet, and there are several players on Queensland’s bench that have a shot at making their debuts in the first Test.
There is also plenty of interest in former All Black flanker Ben Creagh, who is on Queensland Reds’ books for another season.
The former hooker has been training with the team in Melbourne this week and has a good chance of making the cut for the game.
“I think Ben is a really good player, he’s a very experienced hooker, he has been playing for us for two years,” Hansen said.
“But we have a lot of other options, so we have to be careful.
I think he’s got a good opportunity here.”
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