September 16, 2021
Former Wallabies Chris Latham has urged Rugby Australia to continue loosening the Giteau Law.
Latham wants Rugby Australia to go further, though, given there are many others overseas that would arguably strengthen the squad ahead of the 2023 World Cup.
Australia saw what they have been missing in Sunday’s defeat of world champions South Africa with Samu Kerevi’s dominance at No12.
Will Skelton and fellow lock Rory Arnold are dominating in France while Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete, one of Rennie’s first picks, will also head to Japan next season.
Quade Cooper, who meets the current criteria with 71 Tests, has also successfully re-joined the Test fray after four years from the Japanese league in a nod to the improving product that is luring Australians on big-money deals.
“It’s great when guys are eligible,” Latham said of Kerevi and McMahon's impact ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship rematch with South Africa in Brisbane.
“All of a sudden you have got options, you can start to pick on performance, put pressure on individuals and even get the opposition to start guessing who they’re going to pick and what game plan they’re going to go with,” he told AAP news.
He added that Rugby Australia now needed to continue to relax the Giteau Law and offer players overseas sabbaticals, but that players would leave knowing their Wallabies future was not guaranteed.
With a 2027 World Cup bid in the pipeline, former Wallabies playmaker Elton Flatley stressed that “rugby needs to win the hearts and minds of young boys and girls. And to do that we need the Wallabies to be successful… if that’s getting the guys overseas that can make them better I’m all for it,” he said.
By Romeka Romena