These will be the first group of players considered for international selection before further consideration is given to any players playing abroad. “The updated policy follows extensive consideration and consultation, to ensure we could find the right balance between the importance of selecting players within our domestic competition structures, while also allowing the selection of overseas players as an exception, rather than a rule and only if that player has made a significant contribution to the game in Australia. As reported earlier in the month, the Giteau Law has been overhauled and replaced by the sterile Overseas Player Selection Policy. That law saved lives this weekend in North Texas. “Instead of designing for the fashions of the times or to make a personal statement, Gyo designed to improve lives. In addition to Tupaea, prop George Bower, flanker Ethan Blackadder and scrum-half Finlay Christie are set to make their Test debuts off the bench. Shares of satellite transporter startup Astra Space Inc plummeted 21.2% after the test launch of its rocket LV0006 ended prematurely about two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff.
Jarvis made headlines the previous week when he, dressed in All Blacks kit with 69 on the back of his shirt, lined up alongside New Zealand reserve prop Tyrel Lomax for the national anthems ahead of their Test against Wales at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. It was too early to choose an alternative venue, but the leading candidate was the 72,000-seat International Stadium Yokohama, just south of Tokyo. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has said athletes who have already qualified for the Tokyo Games are assured of their spots when the global sporting showpiece takes place in 2021. The 2020 Olympics were pushed back by a year on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted qualifying for thousands of Tokyo hopefuls in a slew of sports. He exhorted the team to “bring home the gold” at the Olympics in Brazil next year. With a British and Irish Lions series set in stone for 2025 and a home World Cup in 2027 all but locked in, RA hopes players will think twice about leaving Australia for riches overseas. RA cannot match the figures competitions in England, France and Japan can offer, as shown by Nick Frost’s decision to leave, but it hopes the Wallabies jersey will keep the masses from leaving.
That door has been largely shut, as RA seeks one final push to keep players at home. Rugby Australia has gambled on the Wallabies jersey being a strong enough lure to keep players at home. South Korea tied 0-0 on Thursday to end the Americans’ 22-game home winning streak. Hooker Tolu Latu is another player of interest, but unless there is an injury crisis in the position he will resist calling up the Paris-based rake. Rennie has named four potential Wallabies debutants on the bench in three Brumbies – hooker Lachlan Lonergan, lock Darcy Swain and centre Len Ikitau – and utility Rebels back Andrew Kellaway. Included for the mid-year tests against France and the Rugby Championship, Brumbies wing Andy Muirhead missed out Australia’s end-of-year tour side and hasn’t regained his place after having seemingly fallen behind Pulu on Rennie’s list. The squad isn’t the final product as not all 40 players will feature against the English in three months’ time, nor does it feature any of Australia’s offshore-based stars such as Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete, among others. While Quade Cooper already qualified, Samu Kerevi did not and together the duo changed the narrative of the Wallabies for a short while at least.
The decision of the RA board, with former Wallabies Daniel Herbert and Phil Waugh leading the high performance review, means Rennie will only be able to pick three players from overseas for any one tournament. In an announcement on Sunday, Rennie revealed a 40-man training squad, made up of domestically-based players, that will come together on the Gold Coast next month in preparation of their mid-year fixtures. She scored game-winners in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal contests before tallying three goals in the first 16 minutes of this summer’s World Cup finals. The new 80,000-seat National Stadium was to be the showpiece venue of the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, hosting the opening game, semifinals, and final. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added the stadium won’t be completed in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as scheduled. This is the ninth time since the FedEx Cup began in 2007 that only one rookie reached the Tour Championship, and eight of those players were voted rookie of the year. The same uncertainty applies to stocks in 2020, an election year that adds political volatility to the usual economic and policy variables. The latest cost estimate was a sharp increase from a 163 billion yen estimate last year.