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Quade Cooper is one of Dave Rennie’s three overseas-based players

Australia manager Dave Rennie has confirmed Japan-based trio Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete as his international selections for the three-Test series against England.

Rugby Australia policy limits Rennie to choosing three overseas-based players in a bid to strike a balance between building a strong Wallabies squad ahead of next year’s World Cup and protecting the domestic game.

Australia host England in Perth on July 2, Brisbane on July 9 and Sydney on July 16, with all matches broadcast live on sky sports and kick off at 10.55am BST.

Rennie said fly-half Cooper and center Kerevi had arrived in Sydney for medical checks, while winger Koroibete was due to return this weekend after visiting family in Fiji.

“It’s exciting,” the Australia head coach told reporters in Sydney.

“You look at Quade, he had a huge impact and a really calming influence, he was so impressive with the group [last season].

“Samu only played a few tests but was nominated for [World Rugby] Player of the Year which only underlines the impact he has had.

“Marika is one of the best wingers in the world. He’s just been on top all day, so we can’t wait to get that back. »

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Rugby Australia allowed Rennie to choose several overseas-based players last season on a discretionary basis due to logistical issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the discretionary selections came under fire when Cooper, Kerevi and loose striker Sean McMahon snubbed the Wallabies’ end-of-season tour of Britain to stay with their Japanese clubs.

The Wallabies have lost all three Tests on this tour, beaten by Scotland, England and Wales.

Rennie is due to name his extended squad for the England series on Sunday.

He left the door open for other overseas-based players to join the team later in the season, including French lock Will Skelton.

“We brought him in last year and he has settled in well. We’re not looking to get him in the English series, but maybe after that,” Rennie said of Skelton.

Tuilagi out of Australian tour | May and Nowell at training camp in England

Manu Tuilagi to miss England tour of Australia after knee surgery

Manu Tuilagi to miss England tour of Australia after knee surgery

Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of England’s tour of Australia after undergoing knee surgery.

The operation was described as “routine” by his club Sale Sharks and instead of three matches against the Wallabies, it is a summer of rehabilitation that awaits him.

“The club, in close consultation with England Rugby, have decided that a summer off and a full pre-season is the best solution to ensure Manu is fit and available for Sale Sharks and England over the course of the season. of a crucial year for club and country.

“Everyone at the club wishes Manu the best for his recovery and can’t wait to see him at Carrington for the start of pre-season. »

Meanwhile, wingers Jonny May and Jack Nowell have been named in a 35-man England squad for a three-day training camp.

Jonny May earned the last of his 68 England caps in a 27-26 win over South Africa at Twickenham last November.

Jonny May earned the last of his 68 England caps in a 27-26 win over South Africa at Twickenham last November.

May recently made his return for Gloucester, coming on as a second-half substitute after five months out with a knee injury.

Nowell, who broke his arm in England’s Six Nations defeat to France in March, also returned for Exeter Chiefs in the final round of the Gallagher Premiership regular season.

Biyi Alo, Charlie Atkinson, Freddie Clarke, Sam Jeffries and Exeter’s Namibian prop Patrick Schickerling are attending a senior camp in England for the first time.

The list of uncapped players also includes Wasps back Paolo Odogwu and Bath center Max Ojomoh.

Players from Premiership semi-finalists Leicester, Saracens, Harlequins and Northampton were not considered for selection.

Watch all of this summer’s Southern Hemisphere tours involving England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland live on Sky Sports.

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