New Zealand v Australia: The Rugby Championship

Here’s a XV of Wallabies players who will no longer be available for selection after the World Cup due to either already being based overseas, or having agreed to move abroad later this year…

15. Drew Mitchell

Mitchell is currently thriving on the French South Coast at Top 14 and European Champions Toulon alongside fellow Australian Matt Giteau.

14. Digby Ioane

Ioane has been plying his trade in the French capital since 2013 for Stade Francais, although rumours suggest he could be seeking a move back to Australia.

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper

Wallabies test centurion Adam Ashley-Cooper recently announced that he would be departing for Bordeaux in the Top 14 after this years World Cup.

12. Berrick Barnes

Barnes is currently contracted to Japanese side Panasonic Wildknights, although he is considering a move back in order to play in the World Cup.

11. Nick Cummins

Although Cummins is currently playing in Super Rugby, he is still contracted to his Japanese club side, and is due to return after the World Cup.


10. Matt Giteau

Giteau is quite possibly playing the best rugby of his career now he has made the move to the Top 14 with Toulon.

9. Will Genia

Wallabies scrum half Genia is another player to have announced his departure post World Cup where he will join up with Digby Ioane at Stade Francais.

8. Wycliff Palu

Back rower Wycliff Palu is another Wallaby who is set to join the post-World Cup exodus as he prepares for a move to Japan.

7. George Smith

Former Wallabies back rower George Smith is another Aussie currently plying his trade in France for Lyon.

6. Ben Mowen

Mowen is currently making his presence known in the Top 14 as he’s eased into life at French club Montpellier this season.


5. Kane Douglas

Despite the World Cup being just a few months away, Douglas announced his departure from Australia to join up with Pro12 side Leinster this year.

4. James Horwill

Former Wallabies captain has announced he is set to join up with English club Harlequins after the World Cup this year.

3. Sekope Kepu

Tighthead Kepu has announced he is to join teammate Adam Ashley-Cooper in France with Top 14 side Bordeaux.

2. John Ulugia

Former Brumbies and Waratahs front rower Ulugia joined Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne last year.

1. Salesi Ma’afu

Ma’afu has been plying his trade in the English Premiership the last few years and is set to join Top 14 side Toulon next season.

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