When is the Wallabies team called to play England? Dave Rennie on key election issues

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says Tom Banks’ decision to leave Australia at the end of the season could affect his thinking when he selects teams from now until next year’s World Cup.

Banks leaves the Brumbies to play in Japan after the Brumbies’ Super Rugby campaign ends and is expected to play some role in the England series. A 30-plus squad will be named next Sunday or Monday according to the Super Rugby halves.

Last week Banks said he had spoken to Rennie about his international future and the coach was “optimistic” about his prospects.

But in an interview with Code Sports Rennie has suggested that loyalty to the local game could be the deciding factor if faced with a pick between Banks and another defense this year.

“Every week we pick a team with an emphasis on beating England,” Rennie said.

Tom Banks of the Wallabies

Tom Banks faces New Zealand in Bledisloe 1 (Yeung / Getty Images)

“If we feel like there’s not much to say about Tom and someone else, then we might be able to pick the other guy out knowing Tom is leaving.

“He’s had a great season so far. If he plays very well for us this year and goes to Japan and takes care of himself, who knows, there could be an opportunity for him to go to the World Cup.

“We fully understand why he is leaving. He wants to be here but he has a great chance and he could return in a few years to face the Lions. That is not lost on us. He is still obviously a choice this year and next year for the World Cup. “

Rennie said he considered Banks to be the incumbent despite missing the end of last Test season with an injury.

“Tom started each Test until he got injured and after that we used Hodgey and then he got injured, we used Kell, and Kurtley came in late,” Rennie said.

“And all those men actually played very well. And we got Jordy Petaia and Jock Campbell and even guys like Jake Strachan had a really good year for the Force.

“We have a few options there. Kurtley has been injured for much of the past three months with a hamstring injury and such, so he has a race against the closure, so he’s ready to do it. “

While Banks ’loss could have an impact, Rennie said the retention of others like Nick Frost, Nic White and Noah Lolesio was“ really important ”.

“It’s a tough time from the players’ point of view because you’re talking about huge sums of money. I’m not angry with any of the guys leaving, but we’re talking to them all,” Rennie said.

“You can’t promise these guys. But we’re trying to create an environment they want to be a part of and the allure of the Wallaby jersey. So, some of those guys stay because they want to go to World Cup and they want to play more Tests and their chance to go abroad will come at a later date.

“It’s important, we already have a lot of players playing abroad and to keep our team strong and competitive we need a lot of these quality players and we’re talking about young guys really outside of Nic. [White] and it’s huge for the future of the game. We are delighted. ”

Rennie was asked what he thought the most difficult positions to choose from would be when it comes to deciding a team for the first Test against England.

“I think we’re going to be as strong as anywhere at 9 o’clock,” Rennie said. “If you look at all those nine we used last year, Nic, Tate [McDermott] and Jake [Gordon], they were all in great shape. You have Ryan Lonergan behind the one whose great nine and I think he will be a really good Test Player in time.

“It’s a real competition at ninth. That is the position in which we have the most depth. “

Rennie said his goal this season was to improve on last year.

“Last year was really good for us. But in the end we want to be better than we did last year because we finally won seven and lost seven and finished with three losses, “Rennie said.

“What’s positive is that the Waratah boys will take confidence beating the Kiwi sides, just like the Brumbies boys.

“The Reds were here and there. They started really well but they missed some great moments and couldn’t apply pressure in the second half when it was valid. So hopefully those players take out some confidence.

“But what it does is it creates more depth and competition for places and that’s key – some good players will miss out.”

“More maturity and experience”

Wallabies legend George Gregan says the Wallabies are improving on their World Cup campaign three years ago and may shake up next year’s tournament.

The Wallabies have not won the tournament since 1999 and the 2019 edition ended with a quarter-final exit to England.

“There are some really good young players who were part of that 2019 squad, but have more maturity and experience now,” Gregan told the Daily Mail.

“It’s just a matter of consistency in international rugby and the margins are always very small.

“Sometimes the World Cup is not about what you did before. South Africa, for example, won in 2019, but if you track their form beforehand, you wouldn’t fall for them as a world champion. “

Blues captain is missing a final

As the Brumbies face some nervous days awaiting the verdict on Len Ikitau’s red card, the Blues have confirmed their informed captain Dalton Papalii.

Blues’ final four push will come without influential captain Dalton Papalii being out for the rest of the tournament.

Papalii was rushed into surgery on Friday for emergency surgery with his appendix.

“He came in and talked to the boys before the start, which shows how passionate he is about this group,” said coach Leon MacDonald.

“We want him back as soon as possible but we will be guided by the doctors and I don’t know how long that will be unfortunate.”

The Brumbies had to dig deep, down 14-3 and man when Ikitau was marched.

“I’m really proud … we talked about resilience and it’s a big part of our club,” said coach Dan McKellar.

“It’s one of our pillars, words on the wall don’t mean much, but actions we’ve seen tonight mean so much.

“14-3 and a red card, it’s easy to get frustrated and a lot of teams do, but I was able to see at halftime that they were fine.”

McKellar compared next weekend’s trip to Auckland with a previous assignment, and said he felt his team could match the Blues after going down the wire with them in Canberra last month.

“We’ve been here before … we had to go to Argentina a few years ago and play half there, we’re going to Auckland really confident,” he said.

“We felt we should have won that game a few weeks ago, it’s a huge respect for them.

“They have threats across the park. We feel we have the game that can challenge them and we will prepare for that.”

Red-faced Rassie

He is no stranger to eye-catching social media posts, but Rassie Erasmus was left red-faced when a retweet of a hardcore porn clip was sent from his Twitter account on Saturday.

Erasmus, famous for a long video, was apoplexy because he tried in vain to delete the tweet for many hours after his account was apparently hacked.

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