Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

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There is no denying it, news out of France over the weekend that former Brumbies and Wallabies lock Rory Arnold could be ruled out of the Rugby Championship with a broken arm is a massive dent in Dave Rennie's plans for the international season. When it was announced earlier this month that Rugby Australia had […]
There is no denying it, news out of France over the weekend that former Brumbies and Wallabies lock Rory Arnold could be ruled out of the Rugby Championship with a broken arm is a massive dent in Dave Rennie's plans for the international season.

When it was announced earlier this month that Rugby Australia had granted Rennie an allowance to pick two overseas-based players for the 2020 Test matches who don't qualify under the so-called Giteau Law, there was little doubt Rory Arnold headed the list of players Rennie wanted. He might have been prepared to debate other names, but Arnold was his non-negotiable.

That plan is now in tatters, with Arnold suffering the injury 23 minutes into Toulouse's 28-18 loss to Exeter in the European Champions Cup semi-final.

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If Arnold is out, then we arrive at this point: if the one player an allowance was created in order for the coach to select is suddenly no longer available, then don't bother with the allowance.

Yes, attention will undoubtedly turn toward the likes of Will Skelton and Izack Rodda in France, or even Adam Coleman in England, but are any of them definitely better than players toiling hard in Australian teams playing Australian game plans under the eye of the Wallabies coach?

Are they definitely better than Cadeyrn Neville, for example?

Neville was a Player of National Interest right up until the point Rennie was granted his allowance just weeks ago, so surely the obvious move is to call in the player that was already highly regarded by the coach and selectors.

Get him over to New Zealand and hastily into quarantine, and he…
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