With Super Rugby Pacific entering the semi-finals, the attention and excitement towards a highly anticipated series with England in July builds.
There are many players who have used the competition to press their claims for higher honors, rewarded with a pick on Dave Rennie. first training squad of 2022back in April.
Along with that, several stars pressed their demand for a recall, peaking at the right time with a finale and a stacked calendar on the horizon.
With this in mind, Rugby.com.au demolishes the options in front of England, looking at the halves.
In the squad – Players selected in the first squad of 2022
Foketi continues to fly under the radar at club and international level but has strengthened his game in 2022.
His combination with Perese is deadly and played a major role in the Waratahs making the semifinals.
Given his debut in the final game of the season, Foketi has all the skills needed to thrive if given additional opportunities for the Wallabies.
Ikitau picked up where he left off in 2022, proving integrated into the Brumbies ’ascent to the semifinals.
He remains lethal in attack while providing a solid and reliable figure in defense for an ACT side that conceded the second fewest tries in Super Rugby Pacific.
Ikitau’s performance during the Rugby Championship and Spring Tour has him in the box seat for the England series, looking to advance his case against the Blues on Saturday.
The Reds enforcer was one of their best during Super Rugby Pacific as he delivered great success after great success.
The 24-year-old continues to refine his playing skills, which progressed in 2022.
He missed the back end of the season with an injury before returning for their quarterfinal defeat to Crusaders, sending the perfect reminder to Valaby selectors of his enormous talent.
Perese is another exciting center that has had its impressive season shortened due to injury.
The explosiveness of the Waratahs is a major point of difference, producing 40 gear in Super Rugby Pacific, the highest of an Australian along with teammate Dylan Pietsch.
He was a week away from appearing for the Waratahs in the final and will want to build on last year’s inaugural cap against Scotland.
Press for selection – Players outside the first training squad claiming their claims
Flook is one of the brightest talents of the future as he becomes a crucial member of the Reds’ back.
His versatility was crucial during an injury-stricken season as he starred at both center and wing, showing off his deceptive rhythm and game-making skills.
A shoulder injury ended his season early, however, he will be expected to play in some capacity, probably for Australia A.
Kerevi reminded everyone of his talent in 2021, helping the Wallabies build an orderly winning streak.
While he only played in five games, his influence was so powerful that the 28-year-old was nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year.
Kerevi kept that form with Suntory and Looms as one of the favorites to be called up by Dave Rennie as one of three International picks.
The Brumbies center remains one of the most consistent players in Super Rugby Pacific as he directs their back line.
His attempt against the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals showed his power and strength while remaining as reliable as ever in defense.
He will go abroad at the end of the year, however, further such performances, especially against Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the Blues on Saturday, will give Rennie a lot to ponder.
Stewart is the general of the Reds’ rear, joining their defense.
He remains a constant fan favorite in Queensland as he flies under the radar, making consistently strong performances.
Although this did not correlate with an inaugural Valabi call-up, he will likely be firmly in the mix for Australia A.
To’omua became a forgotten man of sorts in Australian Rugby, however, produced a solid finish to the season for the Rebels.
His return to center-back would have pleased Dave Rennie as he helped lead the team to an impressive victory over the Highlanders in the final game of the regular season.
To’omua was the first-choice internal center in 2021 and will hope his late-season rise has done enough to win a call.