Cheika to consider overseas trio

Date published: April 24 2015

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Wallabies boss Michael Cheika has revealed that George Smith, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell will be considered for his Rugby World Cup squad.

The France-based trio are the only three players immediately available for Test selection after the Australian Rugby Union decided to change its selection policy for overseas-based players.

Cheika revealed that as soon as he can reach the experienced trio via telephone, he would be contacting them about possibly playing for Australia.

"I'd be stupid (not to be)," he told AAP.

"That's the idea, is to have more players available to choose from.

"So of course, yeah, I'm looking at them now. Once I find their phone numbers, I'm sure I'll be in contact with them."

Smith retired for a second time in 2013 after the Wallabies' 2-1 series defeat to the British and Irish Lions.

Cheika said he wasn't sure if he could tempt the 34-year-old to play for his country again but said he would be trying his best to do just that.

"George played for me at Stade Français," added Cheika.

"He came on one of his little junkets out of Japan and came over and a had a little of life in France and I can tell you he was an awesome player to coach. Tactics .. he's got great experience.

"But I'll be honest, I haven't actually seen a game of his this year. I'd be lying if I said I'd been out there looking."

Cheika said it was too early to say if Smith, Giteau and Mitchell should return for the Rugby Championship or just be picked for his 31-man World Cup squad.

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