Cheika tweaks overseas policy

Date published: February 25 2015

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has stated that Australian players heading overseas will still be considered for selection.

Leading Australian stars such as Matt Giteau, Dean Mumm, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Mowen and Drew Mitchell knowingly ending their international careers by moving to France or England.

In a change of approach whoever from Ewen McKenzie's reign, Cheika now insists that any current Australian-based players about to head overseas will be considered –  preventing a similar situation to under McKenzie when then-captain Mowen was left out after announcing his move to Montpellier.

Will Genia, Adam Ashley-Cooper, James Horwill and Sekope Kepu are all set to head overseas after the Rugby World Cup, with Bernard Foley another rumoured departure, but all will still be considered for selection under Cheika's new approach.

"I just think that's normal," said Cheika.

"It doesn't matter if they're contracted for one year, or three years or 10 years, if they are contracted here and contracted until the end of December, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't [select them]."