After reports emerged earlier this week that Israel Folau could be set to turn his back on Australian Rugby after the 2015 World Cup, more rumours have emerged indicating that a number of other Wallabies could be on their way out as well.
Reports are suggesting that up to 15 of the Wallabies top international players could be set to follow the likes of Matt Giteau and Digby Ioane to Europe after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
With the huge salaries available to the World’s best players in France at the moment it seems entirely possible that some of the Wallabies biggest names could be set to cash in once they have turned out at the World Cup next year.
So far the Wallabies have managed to resist the temptation of selecting players based overseas despite strong calls to recall Matt Giteau to the team after a fantastic season with French giants Toulon. However should the ARU fail to keep hold of a host of top talent next year it would increase pressure on them to relax the rule of not selecting overseas based players.
The Springboks have already begun to embrace allowing players to join overseas teams whilst still turning out in their national colours with the likes of Bryan Habana and Fourie du Preez showing it is workable, although there were some issues with du Preez’s availability last season.
With the ARU struggling financially despite a national rescue levy earlier this year it could be set to really test their resolve as they are unlikely to be able to match the wages offered in France.
Do you think the Wallabies will have to loosen their selection policy next year?