Rugby: Rugby-Rennie confirms Cooper, Kerevi and Koroibete as international picks

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Dave Rennie has confirmed Japan-based trio Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete as his international alternatives for the three-test collection in opposition to England.

Rugby Australia coverage limits Rennie to choosing three overseas-based gamers in a bid to strike a stability between constructing a powerful Wallabies aspect forward of subsequent 12 months’s World Cup and defending the home sport.

Rennie mentioned flyhalf Cooper and centre Kerevi had arrived in Sydney for medical checks, whereas winger Koroibete was due again on the weekend after visiting household in Fiji.

“It’s thrilling,” Rennie advised reporters in Sydney.

“You take a look at Quade, he had a large impression and a very calming affect, he was so spectacular with the group (final season).

“Samu solely performed a few checks however was nominated for (World Rugby) Player of the Year which solely highlights the impression he had.

“Marika is likely one of the finest wingers on the planet … He’s simply high gear all day so we’re wanting ahead to getting that again.”

Rugby Australia allowed Rennie to choose a number of overseas-based gamers final season on a discretionary foundation resulting from logistical points associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the discretionary alternatives got here below hearth when Cooper, Kerevi and unfastened ahead Sean McMahon snubbed the Wallabies’ season-ending tour to Britain to stick with their Japanese golf equipment.

The Wallabies misplaced all three checks on that tour, defeated by Scotland, England and Wales.

Rennie is because of identify his prolonged squad for the England collection on Sunday.

He left the door open for different overseas-based gamers to hitch the squad later within the season, together with France-based lock Will Skelton, who he recalled for the Britain tour.

“We introduced him in final 12 months and he fitted in properly. We’re not taking a look at bringing him in for England collection however possibly after that,” mentioned Rennie.

The England collection begins in Perth on July 2.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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