The controversy over the union’s next step has led to discussion of the greats of the Wallaby family’s past
The Ghetto Act, the rule governing the selection of Australian overseas combatants, is under review.
So far, only players who have participated in more than 60 international matches can be selected in the Wallabies, with two exceptions in the entire team.
The rule that Rugby CEO Andy Marinos would like to change to allow Dave Rennie to choose from a larger pool of players, which could include the 14 best second-tier duos Will Skelton and Rory Arnold, among others.
“That’s a stupid rule – David Campisi attacked in an interview rugby pass – When I went to play in Italy and then came back, the federation told me that I had to play three matches to be able to be called up again for the national team, so I played with Randwick 1st and 4th in the same vein today, and yes they realized how much this rule was just a waste of time.”
“We have Will Skelton, a player who will definitely be at another level because he is constantly playing against international level players in France, but we can’t pick him on current standards.”
Another great of the Australian national team, Stirling Mortlock, says the opposite: “Cohesion makes the difference: highly cohesive teams create success stories that last over time, look at the Crusaders for example.”
“Bringing back players from outside who do not form pre-existing groups or connections with the greater part of the team will end up undermining the cohesion of the team. Getting rid of the ghetto law does not make sense.”
What is clear is that the Wallabies could have little payoff in terms of results from the removal of the existing rule, but at this historic moment there are few Australians overseas who will actually raise the bar for the team. If Renee’s choice was to bring back two powerhouses like Duncan Paia’aua and Samu Kerevi to the team, rather than putting kilograms in the pack with the international second streaks that would have chosen, perhaps not everyone would be ready to make the move. back in Green and gold.
If it is true that the federation needs to get some positive results with the national team to stabilize the difficult moment for Australian rugby, it is also true that the random opening of the border could mean the loss of all the actors involved, including the privileges, trying to build in a mid-term process that inevitably passes With a moment of difficulty, fatigue, and few results.
Australian rugby’s decision on ghetto law is expected in the coming days.
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