Queanbeyan' Terry Campese looks to avoid the Blues against Yass

Terry Campese hopes to lead his team to the grand final on Sunday. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
Terry Campese hopes to lead his team to the grand final on Sunday. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

He's hinted a World Cup farewell at Canberra Stadium could be the perfect swan-song to his career, but if the Queanbeyan Blues want to lure Terry Campese back next season then avoid Monday morning.

The former Canberra Raiders captain is hoping to play for Italy at the World Cup, having helped them qualify last year, which would include a game against Fiji at Canberra Stadium on November 10.

He'll make a decision on whether he'll play on in 2018 once the dust settles from that, but joked it depends how he feels at Monday 7am following a big final.

When the curtain closes on the Blues' season, Campese will train by himself to stay in shape until the Italian team is announced.

"Every time you represent your heritage and country it's a proud moment ... and obviously to get to represent them in the World Cup would be a great achievement and something I'd look forward to," he said.

"The final game of the round is in Canberra too so to get to say goodbye to all the fans and to hopefully move on to the quarter-finals.

"[Playing on is] something I'll have to evaluate at the end of the World Cup campaign and see how the body is.

"I've been playing a number of years now and I want to go out on the right note so we'll have to wait and see how things pan out.

"I'll let you know next week after a big Sunday game when I've got work at 7am on Monday."

But first, Campese's focus is on arresting the first losing streak of his coaching career.

The Blues face Yass in the Canberra Raiders Cup preliminary final at Seiffert Oval on Sunday.

In Campese's first season as coach, the Blues won their first 14 games to claim the minor premiership, but have stumbled over the last three weeks.

Now they're trying to avoid a repeat of last year when they bowed out of the finals in straight sets.

"I've obviously never coached before and trying to play at the same time. I'm still learning," Campese said.

"We've lost three in a row and just trying to think of ways to get out of it and change mindsets, which obviously being new in this position is something I'm learning about.

"Luckily I've got some good assistant coaches, who are experienced in Jamie McInnes and Adam Lenihan that definitely helps me out."

The Blues will be close to full strength, welcoming back winger Brendon Taueki and forward Scott Rutland.

Campese said they needed to start better against Yass after they went 30-0 down against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos after just 25 minutes in last week's major semi-final.

"Watching the Yass game I think they've hit season-best form and they've got a full-strength side so it's definitely going to be a tough match. We have to be at our best to get the win," he said.

"They've got some deadly centres, their halves, obviously the captain-coaches are the Naughton brothers and some quality front rowers. It's definitely a challenge where we've got to be good all over the field."