Australia are set to do away with the ‘Giteau Law’ to add strength to the Wallabies squad, this really is great news, especially considering that the Wallabies got hammered by New Zealand at the weekend. This will allow Australian players around the world to play for the Wallabies despite not playing their club rugby in Australia.
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“We do need to look into eligibility,” Wallabies chief executive Andy Marinos told the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.
“I’m not saying it’s going to be alpha and omega. But it will certainly bring a lot more experience and a lot more depth across the board.
“When you look at the pool of talent from which we are selecting in comparison to our biggest rivals; be it New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, England – they have access and the ability to choose their very best players no matter where they’re playing.”
Pundits have urged Rugby Australia to do away with the curbs, saying they have done little to prevent a player drain to more lucrative overseas markets while weakening the Wallabies’ playing stocks.
Australia lost the Bledisloe Cup for the 19th straight year after they were beaten 57-22 by New Zealand on Saturday.