Steve Williams (59)
Didn’t realise that Liam Wright was in the squad
I posted this earlier - but I wonder how much being Wallaby eligible will alter Kerevi's (and other Australian players) next contract in Japan.The SMH reporting that Rennie is hopeful that Kerevi and Coopers clubs will allow them to tour. If not then Paisami is a must. I think it is seen as positive by the Japanese clubs if their players are playing test rugby, unlike their European counterparts.
I posted this earlier - but I wonder how much being Wallaby eligible will alter Kerevi's (and other Australian players) next contract in Japan.
I imagine he'd be one of the highest paid players in the competition, and that was under the assumption that he was forgoing his Wallaby eligibility. There is the positive for Suntory that they now have the first choice Wallaby 12 on their books, but that comes with increased risk of injury and unavailability on an investment they thought was wholly committed to their club.
He wont miss any JRLO games so it is really just the insurance issue.
a lot of the tour is still outside the regulation 9 window of when clubs have to release a player(3 week period in November), and sits well within the notoriously long Japanese club pre-season, most Japan club players returned for pre-season weeks ago
I don't know if there is a COVID quarantine clause.. but Regulation 9 says the players are only required to be released for test matches over 3 weekends in November, and players are required to be available for assembly 5 days prior to the test match, and released back to the club within a few days following the test.Isn't only the test against Japan outside of it?
He missed a fair chunk of this year’s preseason , maybe those in the know think that’s been an issue for him this year ?
Maybe his just not up to speed in at the moment and a preseason will be better then training camp..
He needs to put some beef on, according to one report I read.
Even 4 or 5 kg of extra muscle could make him much more effective.
Certainly makes sense for him to stay home and build some size for next year. I'd even suggest doing the same for McReight, he could do with another 5-10KG.Yes Wilson is getting left behind for a proper preseason, but it's not like someone else is making the squad OVER him.
They are taking 36 and he won't make the cut in a reduced backrow contingent THEREFORE he will get a full preseason, not the other way around.