Wales will have stars for Wallabies clash

Date published: October 24 2016

Premiership clubs will release their Welsh players as a once off gesture for Wales’s Test against Australia on November 5. 

The fixture falls outside of World Rugby’s agreed Test window, but Premiership Rugby, the body which represents the Premiership clubs, have confirmed that its sides have agreed to a one-off change to their policy over the release of players for Test matches.

This means stars like George North and Jamie Roberts will be available for the clash against Australia in Cardiff.

Because the Test falls outside of the international window, Wales would have been without some of their premier talent but now the likes of Roberts, North, Tomas Francis, Ross Moriarty and Luke Charteris will all be available for the match against the Wallabies.

“This comes as we continue deliberations on a new post-2019 global season structure to find an appropriate balance between club and international rugby,” a Premiership Rugby spokesman told Wales Online.

“We are showing flexibility to help a number of unions who have decided to play on this particular weekend but we must stress this is a one-off variation to the allowed window while discussions continue.”