The Wallabies’ spring tour of the United Kingdom has been thrown into confusion as three players — Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi, and Sean McMahon – pulled out on the night of departure to return to their Japanese League One clubs.
Rugby Australia is reportedly furious – and rightfully so – over the star trio’s apparent preference for club over country, and officials must now take decisive, yet prudent, action to ensure that preparations for the 2023 World Cup are not hampered by uncertainty over the availability of overseas-based players.
Many rugby fans would give anything to wear the gold jersey just once, so it’s understandable that officials and supporters are irritated when a player declines the chance to represent his country. It’s a horrible image for Australian rugby, but it’d be unwise to pass too severe judgment on Cooper, Kerevi, and McMahon.
Are they a group of the disgruntled or victims of circumstance?
The trio was recalled to the international fold this year after long absences from the Test arena. The Wallabies were recruited to the squad for the Rugby Championship after being humiliated 3-0 by the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup series.
source : guardian sport