Rugby Australia to review selection criteria

SYDNEY (AP) – Australia’s rugby hierarchy is set to reconsider the so-called ‘Giteau Law’ that defines restrictions on the eligibility of overseas-based players to represent the Wallabies.

The Wallabies are selected primarily from players contracted to Australian Super Rugby franchises, but the Giteau law allows foreign-based players with 60 or more test caps or a deal to return to an Australian club to be eligible for national selection.

At the launch of the National Rugby Championship tournament on Tuesday, Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said it was time for another look at the regulations.

“We have a responsibility to do it,” Castle said. “The Giteau rule has worked really well for us.

But, “with South Africa changing the way they’re looking to treat their players and potentially New Zealand in the process of reviewing their very strong stance on things around players not playing overseas, and the movement of foreign players, it would be irresponsible of us not to review it,” he added.

The Giteau Rule was introduced before the 2015 World Cup to allow the recall of veterans Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell, who had moved to France to play in the domestic club competition after long careers in Australia.