Rugby World Cup 2019: Rugby Australia to review Giteau Law

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Wallabies midfielder Samu Kerevi could be a beneficiary of a relaxing of the Giteau Law.

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Wallabies midfielder Samu Kerevi could be a beneficiary of a relaxing of the Giteau Law.

Raelene Castle says it would be “irresponsible” for Rugby Australia to not review its ‘Giteau Law’ and hinted there could be a reduction in the threshold for overseas players to return for Wallabies duty, meaning a player like Samu Kerevi could be retained for international fixtures.

RA has remained firm on its rule meaning overseas-based players cannot come back and feature for the Wallabies unless they have 60 Tests and seven Super Rugby seasons under their belt.

It has meant Will Skelton and others plying their trade abroad were unable to be parachuted into the Wallabies’ World Cup squad.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle says she is open to reviewing the Giteau Law.

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Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle says she is open to reviewing the Giteau Law.

However, in the changing landscape of world rugby, where more and more players are chasing lucrative contracts overseas – particularly in the northern hemisphere – Castle has acknowledged a full-scale review of the rule will take place.

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“We have a responsibility to do it,” Castle said at the National Rugby Championship season launch on Tuesday.

“The ‘Giteau Law’ has worked really well for us and if you think about the players we couldn’t select for the World C

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