Kurtley Beale is expected to meet with the Wallis’ medical team on Tuesday as the Wallis try to decide who is the best fullback to decide their Rugby Championship fate.
The Wallis have used five fullbacks in six tests, with injuries and form playing a role in the revolving door at the position.
Tom Wright’s difficult afternoon in San Juan could see another change to the backline, especially with kick-happy Springboks expected to pepper the Wallabies’ Achilles heels.
Beale isn’t the only one in the frame for the Wallabies to remember, with Bernard Foley thought to be back strongly after three years in the wilderness.
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Following season-ending injuries to Samu Kerevi and Quaid Cooper, the Colts have room to add a third overseas player to complement Rory Arnold and Marika Koroibete.
Although not immediately selected, Beale could later be included in the TRC as Arnold is understood to be available only for a trial against the Springboks, with the new Japanese club looking to get their hands on their million-dollar lock.
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When Dave Rennie was asked late last week if Foley was in the frame for a special recall, he said the team had not yet selected him, and he understood the 32-year-old was indeed being considered for a return. For the first time since 2019, the team.
His experience, which includes two World Cup campaigns and his last appearance in 2015, is a compelling reason to consider a return.
As much as his physical and mental strength and renewed attitude are essential after three seasons in Japan, and after the Walleyes suffered a heavy defeat to Argentina on Sunday, Rennie will need managers who know how to win.
Cooper’s absence has been highlighted by the fact that the Wallis have not won a Test since returning from the international wilderness last year, running the show at number 10 – including a run of six Tests against the Springboks.
Since 2007, only Berrick Barnes (71.4%) has a better winning percentage than Cooper (70.6%) when starting in the No. 10 jersey.
However, Cooper has worn the 10th shirt 51 times compared to Barnes’ seven, which shows just how important the Japanese player is to the Welshmen.
Conversely, James O’Connor is on a seven-Test winless run while wearing the jersey and his overall record (18.2% from 11 tests) is the lowest since Stephen Larkham’s retirement. Noah Lolesio, the No. 10 in the Walleyes’ lineup, won 3 of 10 attempts (30%) when he started.
Foley’s record (47.3%) from 55 tries is the closest to the Walleyes’ total percentage in the last decade.
The Wallis returned to Australia on Monday and will select their squad for the tournament’s four Tests, which begin on Wednesday, August 27, when they take on the Springboks at Adelaide Oval.
The squad is expected to include Dave Porecki and Folau Fainga, who were injured in training on the two-Test tour of Argentina, as well as Angus Bell (foot), Scott Sio (shoulder) and full-back Hunter Paisami (concussion). ) and Andrew Kellaway (home thread).
Allan Alalatoa, who left Argentina before the second test (personal reasons), is expected to return.
Regular captain Michael Hooper is unlikely to feature in the squad, at least for the Springboks Tests, having left Argentina on the eve of Mendoza’s first Test.
There also appears to be no appetite for Liam Gill, who leaves Brisbane for Japan on Friday, despite the former Reds star being one of the most complete Australian backcourts of the past decade.
While some may believe he is too far removed from the international game, the 30-year-old has previously managed Lyon and has the size and skill to form a world-class open side to match the Springboks and All Blacks.
For Rennie now, his winning percentage is an unimpressive 40 percent from 25 attempts, and he will have some important decisions to make on his team’s composition.
Bale’s much-anticipated comeback has been squeezed out despite Jock Campbell, who was not used in Argentina, being the only specialist fullback in the squad.
The veteran back returned from France last month and is targeting a comeback against the All Blacks after missing the second half of the Top 14 season with a calf injury.
“The top 14 is a little myth, in this respect your body is neglected because the French take you out every week without understanding the long-term results, so why the injury happened because it was a constant game and poor management,” Ball told reporters last month.
“There were 10 games (with one point), (playing) 80 minutes. It was straight after the spring tour, so it was a heavy load but I knew that going in there. It happened.
“It’s great to be able to refresh and come home. I haven’t seen my family in two years.
“I came home to make sure I can play my part and achieve the things I want to do in the game, so I’ll focus on doing everything I can to achieve those things.”
Beale will face pressure from Kellaway for the number 15 shirt, having performed well in the role against England in Perth for the Rebels, before arriving in the last five tests.
“I’m a competitive guy,” added Bale.
“I’m stubborn in my own way to push and fight for a place and without a doubt, I thought Kellawe did well.
I do everything I can to create competitive conditions to make everyone better. Just like our other brothers who came in, they raised the bar and that’s how we want it, because we’re playing the best so we push ourselves to be the best.