The Wallabies have received a major boost with news star centre Samu Kerevi will return to the Test squad for the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Perth on August 28.
Kerevi has not played for the Wallabies since the 2019 Rugby World Cup after taking up a contract in Japan with Suntory Sungoliath.
But the 27-year-old is in Sydney in hotel quarantine after representing Australia in sevens at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Samu Kerevi of Australia breaks past Sione Molia of New Zealand to score a try at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty)
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie told News Corp that Kerevi would be available to play the All Blacks at Optus Stadium and bolster the midfield stocks as Hunter Paisami prepares for the birth of his first child.
“The big thinking for us around Samu is obviously, he’s still keen to play at international level, from a COVID perspective we’ve got concerns, Hunter’s baby girl is due September 1 so he’ll initially come to Perth but he could end up leaving early,” Rennie said.
“Once he leaves, there’s no guarantees that he can come back or when we could get him back, depending on borders and where future Tests are played.
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“So Samu’s availability helps alleviate that problem. With a couple of injuries, we can’t bring guys in from anywhere else, so Samu is a great option for us.”
The explosive Kerevi will also be available for the Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina.
Rennie had previously been reluctant to pick overseas-based players in his Test squad.
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