“It just means we will use other guys and take them to Europe, and grow a bit more experience and depth and hopefully that will put us in a strong position when we settle on a squad for the World Cup next year.”
Just weeks after Rennie said a fourth Giteau Law pick might be needed, the coach indicated they might not even use three on the tour. Will Skelton would be an obvious call-up, given he has been dominant in French and European rugby this year, but there isn’t a long list of other candidates.
“Will [Skelton] is an option,” Rennie said. “We will have a look at where our squad is at, we are not going to use massive numbers from overseas.
“Last year we picked up people like Kurtley [Beale]who is now back, Tolu [Latu], who is now back. Rory who is now in Japan.”
Rennie welcomed Latu re-signing with the Waratahs and said he would keep him in mind for the tour.
“He could be. He has a fair bit of work to do obviously,” Rennie said.
“He had a long suspension, he hasn’t played footy for a long time. The key for him is to get back and get into footy, and then we will see where things lie, late in the year. It is great having him back because he provides another option and provides more depth in the spot.”
The wisdom of allowing Kerevi to play sevens at the Commonwealth Games in an important year ahead of the World Cup has been questioned, but Rennie said there were no regrets.
“It’s been really tough for him, but I was part of the decision-making from the beginning,” Rennie said.
“When I first spoke to Samu about coming back we checked; was he keen to be a Wallaby and he was, and was he keen to go to the Commonwealth Games, and he was desperate to go to that. We thought it was a great opportunity to go and contribute and help them win a medal, and so we don’t regret the decision.
“It was a bit of a freak injury and he has an ACL.
“We’re gutted for him, he was devastated, but we don’t regret the decision for him to go as it was the right decision for Rugby Australia.”
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