Jim Lenehan (48)
I agree. The recent Wallaby selection policy makes room for two OS players that do not qualify through tests played and there is talk of loosening the policy moving forward. This makes all Australian players, wherever they are, fair game. Kerevi will now be the first picked under this criteria every time. His club should not stand in the way of that, officially or otherwise."Minority", fuck no, I'm with you, Derpus. This petty "ownership" model started by would-be sports goliaths when rugby went pro in 1996 is the start of all this shit. I HATE the shenanigans the rich European soccer clubs come up with for international windows ("injured", "tired", "recuperation", etc) and I can't understand how we've let the European model of professional soccer dictate how we conduct international rugby.
The official test windows should be respected all over the world and tests outside those windows should then be a point of negotiation. You would think that tests outside of the individual clubs season should be relatively straight forward to organise.
Look at the SA players plying their trade in Europe and Japan. They are available more often than not and still pull big bucks with their club contracts.
The Japanese team is also touring Europe over the next month. I am guessing there are a lot of other players from Kerevi and McMahons club overseas during this pre-season. Will Suntory try and pull the pin on them being away representing their country as well?