Pulver: Wallabies to be more competitive

Long-term servants of Australian rugby will be eligible to play for the Wallabies whilst playing overseas following an announcement by ARU CEO Bill Pulver today. Players who have represented Australia on more than 60 occasions and been contracted to the ARU for 7 years or more will be eligible regardless of their club affiliation, opening the door for the likes of Matt Giteau, George Smith and Drew Mitchell to return to Australian rugby. Adam Ashley Cooper will also remain eligible despite heading overseas next year, as will James Horwill (58 caps), Sekope Kepu (52 caps), Will Genia (58 caps), Quade Cooper (53 caps) and Wycliff Palu (54 caps) if they can reach 60 caps. “When you look at a player like Adam Ashley Cooper, no one can question the commitment and dedication that he has given to Australian rugby so a guy like that deserves to be considered for Wallaby eligibility going forward,” ARU CEO Bill Pulver said at a press conference today. “But we want them to get to that
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