ARU to allow overseas-based ‘elite’ players for Wallabies selection

2015-04-23 00:00

SYDNEY — The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) yesterday 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.

The adjustment to the policy was approved by the ARU board and endorsed by Super Rugby CEOs on Monday.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said the policy amendment was an important strategic decision made in the best interests of the code.

“This is a pivotal moment for rugby in Australia, where for the first time in its professional history, the ARU will allow overseas-based players who have made a significant contribution to Australian Rugby to become eligible for the Wallabies,” Pulver said via a media statement on the ARU’s website.

“It’s a decision that recognises the changing dynamics of a global rugby market for professional players. Combined with our other recruitment and retention strategies, we feel this decision allows the ARU to assert more influence over player movement and contracting in Australia and abroad.”

Pulver said the policy would provide short and long-term benefits to Australian Rugby and its players.

“Those players who satisfy the ­60-game and seven-year threshold have already invested heavily and contributed considerably to Australian Rugby over a long period of time,” he said.

“The policy also encourages those players who have not yet reached that point to commit exclusively to Australian Rugby in the prime of their career. In this way, we believe the policy supports Super Rugby by encouraging our top players to remain in Australia for longer.

“It also means we can invest more money into our younger players in the long-term, while ensuring our most experienced players leaving for overseas can still contribute to the overall success of the code in Australia — on and off the field.”

Under the revised policy, players returning to Australia from overseas who make a two-year commitment to an Australian Super Rugby franchise will also be eligible to represent the Wallabies immediately upon their return.

“We believe having the option to ­select overseas-based players to represent the Wallabies, provided that they have made a commitment to return to Australian Rugby, will encourage the repatriation of Australians currently playing in foreign competitions and increase the pool of talent available to Australian Super Rugby teams and the Wallabies,” Pulver added.

This decision by the ARU means players like Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell (both Toulon, France) and George Smith (Lyon, France) could feature at the Rugby World Cup later this year.

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