Elite overseas based players eligible for Wallabies

The Australian Rugby Union today announced changes to its Player Contracting Policy by allowing an elite group of overseas-based players to be eligible for Wallabies selection. Effective immediately, overseas-based players will now be eligible for Wallabies selection if they have played more than 60 Tests for Australia and have held a professional contract with Australian Rugby for at least seven years. Players returning to Australia from overseas who make a two-year commitment to an Australian Super Rugby Club will also be eligible to represent the Wallabies immediately upon their return. The announcement opens the door for George Smith (111 caps), Matt Giteau (92 caps) and Drew Mitchell (61 caps) to all play a part in the Wallabies Rugby World Cup campaign later this year. Following his departure after the RWC Adam Ashley Cooper (104 caps) will remain eligible for the Wallabies, as will James Horwill (58 caps), Sekope Kepu (52 caps), Will Genia (58 caps), Quade Cooper (53 caps) a
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