Confirmation of the availability of Quade Cooper and co for the Wallabies tour
The Wallabies were boosted by confirmation that Japanese trio Samu Kerevi, Sean McMahon and Quade Cooper will be available for the team’s four year-end tests.
Continuing a fourth straight win in Saturday’s rugby championship final match against Argentina, Dave Rennie’s side face Japan next month in Oita before a tour of Europe where they meet Scotland, England and Wales.
Kerevi and Cooper’s form was instrumental in transforming the Premier’s offense, as the team are undefeated in three games since Cooper’s shock call from seventh to third in the standings. global.
Backrower McMahon will come off the bench for his first test in four years on the Gold Coast on Saturday, where it is hoped the 27-year-old will show why there has been so much excitement about his second Wallabies coming.
Kerevi (37 tests) and McMahon (26) were previously unable to play for the Wallabies as part of the 60 test qualification imposed on foreign players, but that has been relaxed this year.
Rennie said Suntory Sungoliath’s pair Kerevi and McMahon, as well as Kintetsu Liners Cooper star, all had their clubs blessing despite the October-November tour which got off to a good start in their preseason.
âSuntory has been fantasticâ¦ they really want them to play a little international football and it works well for them according to their schedule,â said Rennie.
Up to 44 players have been involved in the Australian test squad this year, but Rennie said “35, maybe 36” would give him enough options.
The depth has been built to the point where Harry Wilson and Hunter Paisami, who both played every test last year, can’t break the 23-man squad.
Rugby Australia felt that a full Super Rugby pre-season would be more beneficial for some, especially given the extended time away from home and being in the Covid-19 bubbles since the hiatus from competition Last year.
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