ARU changes could see immediate impact

Author
Nigel Yalden ,
Publish Date
Sun, 9 Jun 2019, 2:38PM
Drew Mitchell, who could return to the Wallabies after ARU eligibility changes. (Photosport)
Drew Mitchell, who could return to the Wallabies after ARU eligibility changes. (Photosport)

ARU changes could see immediate impact

Author
Nigel Yalden ,
Publish Date
Sun, 9 Jun 2019, 2:38PM

Former Rugby World Cup winner Michael Foley believes the new ARU eligibility rule could have an immediate impact.

Foley, now coach of the Western Force, says having the likes of Matt Giteau, George Smith or Drew Mitchell in the Wallabies has to be a good thing.

Michael Foley says Giteau's versatility could be very beneficial.

"Matt GIteau's an interesting player, he hasn't played 9 in a long time but he has played a bit in his career. He's a very experienced player and his leadership stands out, as does George's."

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Overseas based players who have played over 60 tests and held ARU contracts for at least seven years will now be considered for the Wallabies.

Michael Foley says that kind of experience is vital at Rugby World Cups. Foley would know, having played at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups.

"There's going to be key moments in games against any team where it's going to be against you. Making good decisions at that time will be critical, and having a couple of extra senior players could be critical."

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Michael Foley says those considerations around experience are key as you don't want to comprise your domestic competition.

Foley says the challenge remains for young players that if they want to play for Australia they have to play in Australia.

The Force are in Hamilton to face the Chiefs tonight.

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