Dennis wants ARU policy change

Date published: April 17 2015

Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis feels the Australian Rugby Union should allow overseas-based players to be considered for the Wallabies as long as they are making a contribution to the Australian game.

Dennis wants the ARU to change its policy of overlooking players who do not compete in Super Rugby as several international head abroad where they maximise their earning potential by signing lucrative deals in places like Europe and Japan.

"If you're contributing to Australian rugby one way or another, they should be able to be selected for the Wallabies," he told AAP.

"So whether that's currently playing Super Rugby or looking to potentially come back and play Super Rugby… within a certain time-frame.

"I want to see the Wallabies have the best possible team that they can put out there, so I think we need to understand that there's going to have to be a few little changes in that area."

Although he said it wasn't for him, Dennis believes the ARU's decision to grant Waratahs team-mate Bernard Foley a flexible contract – where he is allowed two play in Japan for two seasons – was a good compromise.

"It's a great opportunity for him," said the utility forward.

"The good thing is he is staying in Australian rugby but he gets to experience something else.

"That's perfect for a young guy who's got the world at his feet really."

Dennis, whose current contract with the Waratahs ends at the end of the year, hopes to sort out a new deal next week but revealed that he will not be requesting a flexible contract.

"I'm a bit older than Bernie," said the 29-year-old.

"My body's not like that. That's not something I could look into.

"I've (also) got other commitments with my family and I couldn't see myself doing that.

"So I'll either be leaving for another club or I'll be staying here. There's no in-between."