But COVID-19 has allowed for some wiggle room under the harsh Giteau Law criteria and the immediate impact of Kerevi has changed RA’s thinking. The need for more quality locks is also a consistent problem for the Wallabies, and Arnold was due to return to the Wallabies last season before getting injured. Eighteen-cap giant Skelton has been in dominant form since moving to England, and now France, in 2017.
While the review of the Giteau Law is still being conducted by RA chief executive Andy Marinos and board members Phil Waugh and Daniel Herbert, sources with knowledge of the discussions have told the Herald of the new models being considered.
The most simple of the rule changes being considered is to lower the number of Tests required to qualify for Wallabies selection when based abroad to as few as 15 or 20 Tests.
Sources say another alternative being given strong consideration is a move to a “25 and five” model which would shift the point of focus for eligibility from Test caps to age.
The basis of that model would see any Australian player over the age of 25 who has played five seasons for a Super Rugby club be eligible for selection.
This would allow RA to try and keep the best young prospects who make Super Rugby debuts in their teens – such as Jordan Petaia and Harry Wilson – for more than the first few years of their career, while not punishing players that are stuck behind established stars.
Liam Gill is one example of a player who would benefit from the “25 and five” model.
The only player of the six overseas-based Australians that the Wallabies desperately want for the 2023 World Cup who would not qualify for selection based on that criteria is McMahon, who only played four seasons for the Rebels.
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