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    Spring Tour 2021

    Call in the cavalry: RA to rubber-stamp spring return for Skelton, Arnold


    The Wallabies want Will Skelton, Rory Arnold and Tolu Latu to join their squad on the spring tour and Rugby Australia chair Hamish McLennan has all but thrown the door open to the trio.

    The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Rugby Australia to tweak the current eligibility criteria - which states overseas-based players are only eligible for Wallabies selection if they have played 60 Tests and seven years of Super Rugby - to allow coach Dave Rennie to make two exceptions to the rule in his match-day squad.

    https://www.watoday.com.au/sport/rug...26-p58uwg.html

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    Wallabies Matches for Spring Tour

    Opponent Venue Date Time Broadcast
    • Japan Oita Sat Oct 23 2:45pm Nine, Stan Sport
    • Scotland Murrayfield Stadium Mon Nov 8 1:15am
    • England Twickenham Stadium Sun Nov 14 4:30am
    • Wales Principality Stadium Sun Nov 21 4:30am

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    Not sure I’ll be watching to many live at those times! 10.30 is a struggle these days 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Not sure I’ll be watching to many live at those times! 10.30 is a struggle these days ��
    Sorry Jules - those times are proably East Coast Summer Times. Minus 3 hours for Perth.

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    The trio pretty much confirmed now.

    Returns continue with Skelton’s five-year stint in Wallabies wilderness set to end

    The Sydney Morning Herald

    By Sam Phillips
    October 7, 2021 — 4.37pm

    Will Skelton will join a Wallabies squad for the first time in five years when Dave Rennie’s group travel to Europe for the final three Tests of the season.

    After weeks of speculation about the potential return of Skelton, Rory Arnold and Tolu Latu, the Herald can reveal the Wallabies will have the three European-based stars at their disposal when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on November 7.

    The full spring tour squad is expected to be revealed on Friday, but the trio will be named for the European leg.

    They will not be available for the first Test of the tour, against Japan in Oita on October 23, as it falls outside the World Rugby international window.

    But the return of Skelton, who was nominated for the European player of the year award in May, is a significant boost for a Wallabies team desperate to fill a void in the second row ahead of testing battles against Scotland, Eddie Jones’ England and Wales.

    He will be joined by Arnold and Latu, who were last capped in the Wallabies’ quarter-final loss to England at 2019 World Cup.

    After years of staying silent on the subject, Skelton spoke to AFP about a Herald report regarding his potential inclusion last week.

    “Obviously, not being eligible is tough, not being able to put your hand up to play,” Skelton said.

    “If the opportunity does come along I’ll definitely put my hand up. You can see how well they’re playing at the moment, and you miss that environment, the international field.“You almost ask yourself if you’ve still got it and good enough. You want to test yourself against the best. It would be awesome to link up. If it happens, it happens.”

    Sources with knowledge of the situation told the Herald Kurtley Beale, who also played alongside Arnold and Latu at the last World Cup, will not be named in the squad.

    Beale may be called upon if the Wallabies suffer injuries at fullback, where they are already missing first-choice option Tom Banks.

    The other position with a selection dilemma is inside centre.

    The Wallabies are sweating on an update on Samu Kerevi’s availability from medical staff.

    At the very least, sources with knowledge of the situation said Kerevi will be available for the clash with England on November 13.

    But the Wallabies are hopeful he will be able to return in time for the Test against Scotland, six days earlier.

    If that timeline is too tight, Hunter Paisami will likely be named in the squad.

    If Kerevi and the medical staff are confident he will be fit for the clash with Scotland, Paisami will stay at home to spend time with his young family.

    Elsewhere, sources with knowledge of the situation dismissed talk Noah Lolesio and Harry Wilson have fallen out of favour with Rennie after strong debut seasons.

    Wallabies selectors were forced to weigh up whether players would benefit more from a full preseason or very limited game time on tour, and decided Lolesio, Wilson, and a handful of other regulars would appreciate the former.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-u...07-p58y6d.html

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    Three Force players to make spring tour

    Feleti, Tom and Isack included on Spring tour:

    Wallabies squad for 2021 Spring Tour (Test caps, Club side and age)
    Allan Alaalatoa (50, Brumbies, 27)

    Rory Arnold (26, Stade Toulousain, 31)

    Angus Bell (12, NSW Waratahs, 21)

    Quade Cooper (74, Kintetsu Liners, 33)

    Filipo Daugunu (6, Queensland Reds, 26)

    Pone Fa’amausili* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 24)

    Folau Fainga’a (21, Brumbies, 26)

    Lalakai Foketi* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 26)

    Jake Gordon (10, NSW Waratahs, 28)

    Reece Hodge (53, Melbourne Rebels, 27)

    Michael Hooper (c) (115, NSW Waratahs, 29)

    Len Ikitau (9, Brumbies, 23)

    Feleti Kaitu’u (3, Western Force, 26)

    Andrew Kellaway (9, Melbourne Rebels, 25)

    Samu Kerevi (38, Suntory Sungoliath, 28)

    Marika Koroibete (42, Panasonic Wildknights, 29)

    Tolu Latu (19, Stade Francais, 28)

    Rob Leota (2, Melbourne Rebels, 24)

    Tate McDermott (11, Queensland Reds, 23)

    Connal McInerney* (uncapped, Brumbies, 26)

    Sean McMahon (27, Suntory Sungoliath, 27)

    James O’Connor (57, Queensland Reds, 31)

    Hunter Paisami (11, Queensland Reds, 23)

    Izaia Perese* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 24)

    Jordan Petaia (14, Queensland Reds, 21)

    Matt Philip (19, Melbourne Rebels, 27)

    Tom Robertson (26, Western Force, 26)

    Izack Rodda (30, Western Force, 24)


    Pete Samu (15, Brumbies, 29)

    Will Skelton (18, Stade Rochelais, 29)

    James Slipper (110, Brumbies, 32)

    Darcy Swain (9, Brumbies, 24)

    Lachlan Swinton (6, NSW Waratahs, 24)

    Taniela Tupou (35, Queensland Reds, 25)

    Rob Valetini (14, Brumbies, 23)

    Nic White (43, Brumbies, 31)

    Tom Wright (5, Brumbies, 24)

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    Looks a reasonable squad. McInerney is a weird one - even assuming BPA is unavailable for, I don't really understand how he could possibly be ahead of Mafi or Uelese. Also surprised they're persisting with Gordon.

    Would've been nice to see Luke Morahan included while they're adding players based in Europe to address the problem at fullback.

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    It'll be interesting to see whether the hype about Skelton playing in Europe is deserved

    And whether Latu can stay off the sauce long enough to play a game

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    It'll be interesting to see whether the hype about Skelton playing in Europe is deserved
    Indeed - I'm very much not convinced we can cover for a lock who isn't a primary lineout target given our backrow. Arnold on the other hand covers all of the core responsibilities of a lock well, so should be a good inclusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiraag View Post
    Indeed - I'm very much not convinced we can cover for a lock who isn't a primary lineout target given our backrow. Arnold on the other hand covers all of the core responsibilities of a lock well, so should be a good inclusion.
    See it wasn't his lack of lineout that first came to my mind, it was his lack of general effortI didn't remember that he wasn't a lineout target until you just mentioned it

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    So now it looks like we'll be without Koirebete, Hodge, Cooper, Kerevi & McMahon.....and it also looks like the 3rd amigo will get a phone call.



    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...-from-uk-tests

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    At this stage, the only coverage of the Spring Test matches is with Amazon Prime. They hold worldwide TV Rights

    I inquired to StanSport -

    "will Stan be broadcasting the Wallabies European Tests next month?"

    "Hi Simon, no news at this stage but we'll pass this along to our team for you."

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    I read somewhere that the rest of the Spring Tour would be on Kayo??

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    Well that's a bastard. I was taking it for granted Stan had rights - I thought their broadcast crew had said that on air??

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    You'd assume Rugby Australia would have the info available on their website but I guess keeping fans informed as to where to watch the games but apparently that's too hard.

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