Rukavytsya relishes senior Socceroos role

November 13, 2012
By Ben Coonan
Socceroos striker Nikita Rukavytsya is preparing to take on an uncustomary leadership role when he links up with a fresh-faced Australian squad in South Korea next week.

The 25-year-old is considered one of Australia's brightest young talents and is competing in his second campaign in Germany's Bundesliga, having switched from Hertha Berlin to Mainz at the start of the season.

But with uncapped youngsters including Tom Rogic, Eli Babalj, Aziz Behich and Mathew Leckie picked ...

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