Rugby Australia announced that, due to the new situation, it will temporarily modify the rule and will be able to summon any Australian player for the tests to be played in the current year.
The current regulations only allow you to summon players who are in your country and also include those who do so in another country but who have at least 60 games with the Wallabies jersey.
Now, with the flexibility imposed, David Rennie will be able to count on important players who have decided to continue their careers in other leagues. They are for example Samu Kerevi, Will Skelton, Rory Arnold, Liam Gill, Sean McMahon and Taqele Naiyaravoro, among others.
RA Acting Executive Director Rob Clarke said: “This is a prudent and measured step in response to the unprecedented impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on Australian rugby and the wider rugby community.”
Despite the announcement, both Clarke and Rennie assured that the priority will continue to be had by the players who are in the Australian teams but the flexibility of selection gives them more options and more competitiveness.
“Now we have the opportunity to select one or two players from abroad who do not meet the current criteria and they will not only add some experience to our group, but will also be able to guide our young players to help their development,” said Rennie .
Although, the Head Coach of the Wallabies stated: “However, we are also looking at the long term. We want players to get back to playing Super Rugby here in Australia, especially those who are passionate about playing for the Wallabies, getting them excited to be in the environment again and this is a great way to encourage that. “