Quade Cooper looks over his right shoulder in a stadium wearing a gold Wallabies jersey

Wallabies name overseas trio in selection for England series

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has confirmed Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete will be his international rosters for next month’s home test series against England

Rennie will nominate his full squad of 35 players on Sunday, ahead of the first test in Perth on July 2.

But he has reached out to the Japan-based trio under the reworked Giteau law that will allow him three overseas players for each series.

“It probably isn’t that secret after all, but we have Quade, Samu and Marika all coming back,” Rennie said, announcing the Wallabies will meet South Africa on September 3. at the redeveloped Sydney Football Stadium as part of the Festival of Codes

“Quade and Samu are here in Sydney for medical checkups and Marika went straight to Fiji to spend some time with his family and he will be back this weekend.”

Marika Koroibete scored a try as Saitama won the Japan Rugby League One title last weekend.Getty Images: Kenta Harada

Winger Koroibete put on a dominant display, scoring a try when his Japanese club Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights won the League One title last week.

Center Kerevi was a star for Suntory Sungoliath, who lost in the final.

“Marika was phenomenal, so he hasn’t lost any of his physicality or work ethic, so we’re excited to see him again,” Rennie said.

“Marika is one of the best wingers in the world – I’m not sure there is another winger with his work ethic and repeatability.

“Samu only played a few tests, but was nominated for [World Rugby] Player of the Year [in 2021] which only highlights the impact he had.”

Samu Kerevi jumps sideways with a ball under his arm
Samu Kerevi is not fooling around in Japan.Getty Images: Toru Hanai

Five-eighth Cooper helped his team promote Hanazono Kintetsu Liners to the top division, while Rennie was impressed with the way he coached young playmaker Noah Lolesio during last year’s Rugby Championship.

“Look at Quade, he had a huge impact and a really calming influence, he was so impressive with the group,” he said.

“I loved him with Noah [Lolesio] and even when Noah was playing and Quade wasn’t, he would sit at the computer with him and discuss a lot of things and his contribution to meetings was great.”

Quade Cooper, dressed in a jacket, talks to Noah Lolesio, dressed in a Wallabies jersey, in a stadium
Quade Cooper took it upon himself to assist young flyhalf Noah Lolesio during his final stay at the Wallabies camp.Getty Images: Anthony Au-Yeung

Rennie said he could look beyond other foreign-based players outside of that trio after the England series, with test matches against Argentina, the All Blacks and Springboks in the Rugby Championship.

That included the giant La Rochelle lock Will Skelton, who was called up for the spring tour last year.

“We brought him in last year and he fitted in well. We are not looking to bring him in for England, but maybe after that,” he said.

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