South Africa Is Damaging Their Domestic Rugby Says Aussies Coach


Incoming Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has suggested in an interview with that he may consider the relaxing of some of the criteria of the Giteau's law to enable him to select more overseas players.

Former Australian head coach Michael Cheika devised Giteau's Law to enable key overseas players to be eligible for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Previously only Australian based players were eligible for selection to their national team. In April 2015, the Australian Rugby Union announced a set of new criteria for selection which stipulated that a player must have a played a minimum of 60 tests for Australia and played a minimum of 7 seasons at Super rugby level in Australia. The rule also allows players to return to Test duty immediately if they have signed with a Super Rugby club for the following two years.

Rennie, however, said he would not follow South Africa’s lead to scrap any requirements and fill a side with overseas talent before the World Cup. He said the South African model will only damage domestic competitions if they allow the best players to “chase the big money knowing they can still play for their country”.

Rennie suggested a 2021 Super Rugby competition that includes Japanese sides alongside Australian and New Zealand franchises from which any Australian player could play and still be picked for the Wallabies.

“We’ve certainly got players playing in that competition and whether that would make them eligible for selections (is worth considering) because you can compare apples with apples,” he said.

“If we had a Wallaby playing for the Blues, for example, we get to see him playing against the best Aussies.
“From a selection point of view that makes sense … I’m not a big fan of trying to pluck guys out of France.”

“There are so many good Australian players playing overseas, young men in their prime but not in our country,” he said.

“We’ve made a lot of phone calls … shown a bit of love and can hopefully lure them back over time.”