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Former Wallaby Tim Horan has called on Rugby Australia to tweak its ‘Giteau Law’ by allowing Australians playing abroad to return for national duties in a Rugby World Cup year as it emerged an 11th-hour bid to parachute Will Skelton into a final 31-man squad is still on the table.
Less than 72 hours before the Wallabies’ World Cup squad is announced in Sydney on Friday, Cheika all but confirmed a vacancy for Skelton if he wanted it.
Cheika said the hulking second-rower would need to “get on the phone pretty quickly” to express a desire to wear a gold jersey this year.
The 27-year-old has been plying his trade for Saracens in the UK and has not only trimmed up but improved his game immensely since leaving the Waratahs in 2017.
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Work is going on behind the scenes to try and find Skelton a Super Rugby club – the Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels have been floated – for the 2020 season but the ball is still in his court remarkably late in the piece.
“The team gets picked soon, so if he wants to come home he needs to
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