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Australia's 'cynical attempt' to reduce Darcy Swain's impending ban

By Sam Smith
(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The presence of one Darcy Swain in the recently announced Australia A side for their three-game series in Japan has raised a few eyebrows on both sides of the ditch.

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Swain received a yellow card in the Wallabies’ most recent defeat at the hands of the All Blacks for a dangerous breakdown clear-out and was cited after the match.

The widely held view is that Swain will be handed a ban for the offence that will keep him out of a set number of competitive matches in the near future. A ban of four matches or more would prevent him from playing any part on the Wallabies’ end-of-year tour, where they are due to take on Scotland, France, Italy and Ireland.

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Having been named in the Australia A squad for their trip to Japan, Swain could complete three of his potentially mandatory stand-downs in October, limiting the number of matches he’s unavailable for when the Wallabies head north.

The decision to name Swain in the squad has understandably been met with some criticism on social media, given that Swain has been a full-squad member of the top Wallabies side for the entirety of the season. As such, many believe that he was not due to be named in the Australia A side until it became likely that the utility forward would be handed a ban.

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There are some who believe that Swain’s selection is entirely above board and that he was always a chance to play for Australia A given the ‘depth’ the Wallabies possess in the second row.

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Fox Sports’ Christy Doran takes a slightly different stance, believing it’s simply a smart move on the Wallabies’ behalf:

The outcome of Swain’s judicial appointment is set to be confirmed in the coming hours.

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