Already the Wallabies were going to be on a rebuilding mission this year after a raft of senior players departed overseas post the 2019 World Cup, but the latest reports out of Australia suggest that one of the remaining senior members of the squad could also be out of favour.
The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that Kurtley Beale, who’s accrued over 120 Super Rugby caps for the Waratahs, has been left out of a wider Australian training squad put together by new head coach Dave Rennie and his assistants.
The unofficial “players of national interest” squad is comprised of Wallaby-elligible players that the coaching set-up believe could be a part of their plans later in the year.
While exclusion from the squad doesn’t mean a player is out of the running for international selection, it also won’t come as great news for Beale, who is possibly weighing up a move to France next year.
Beale, with 92 Test caps to his name, is one of the most experienced players still residing in Australia after the likes of David Pocock, Bernard Foley, Christian Lealiifano, Will Genia, Samu Kerevi, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Rory Arnold all called time on their international careers after the World Cup.
The 10 former Wallabies skippers sent a letter expressing their discontent over the state of rugby in Australia to RA last week, a few days before chief executive Raelene Castle stood down. https://t.co/G0k3jTWRwG
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) April 25, 2020
While he hasn’t had the most exemplary season for the Waratahs, who were languishing near the bottom of the Super Rugby table prior to the competition’s suspension last month, many would still expect the utility back to be included as at least a squad option for the international season.
With Foley and Lealiifano heading overseas, the Wallabies are in dire need of some depth in the first five position and Lolesio has been the form 10 in Australia this season.
There are no wider expectations regarding when rugby will be back on the table, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Wallabies were scheduled to host Ireland and Fiji in July before competing in The Rugby Championship a month later.
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