Tom Banks, Darcy Swain, Max Jorgensen included in Australia A squad for Japan tour, video

Dave Rennie has provided the best indication yet that Tom Banks remains in the frame to play for the Wallabies at next year’s World Cup, with the departing Brumby being included in the 34-man Australia A squad to go to Japan.

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In addition, Wallaby Darcy Swain, who is on the verge of being left out of the game for a long time, was added to the roster, which featured 12 players.

Swain, who faces a court hearing Wednesday night to determine if he’s suspended for a “reckless and dangerous” purge on All Black Quinn Tupaea, could serve any suspension imposed by being inducted.

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It means the 25-year-old could have five games in this year’s Spring Tour even if he faces a serious suspension following the Bledisloe I incident.

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Darcy Swain faces a court hearing on Wednesday to determine whether he will be suspended from Bledisloe I.  Photo: Getty Images
Darcy Swain faces a court hearing on Wednesday to determine whether he will be suspended from Bledisloe I. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Unmanned wallabies Jock Campbell and Langi Gleeson have been added to the roster, with both still in the frame to hit the Spring Tour at the end of the season.

Others such as capped wallabies Nick Frost, Billy Pollard and Matt Gibbon, and Ned Hanigan and Filpo Daugunu have also been included.

While two-time NRL Premiership winner Suliasi Vunivalu will have a chance to push for selection even after being selected.

Rising playmakers Ben Donaldson and Tane Edmed have been re-selected with both men set to play for Australia A in July.

Two interesting names chosen are rising stars Max Jorgensen (full-back) and Teddy Wilson (half-back), with the former described as a ‘developmental player’.

Schoolboy sensation Max Jorgensen was selected as the Australia A development player. Photo: Waratah’s Media.Source: Delivered

But their signings are strong indications of their immense potential as Jorgensen is currently completing his high school education at St Joseph’s, Hunter’s Hill – the same college where rugby director Andrew Blades recently worked.

Jorgensen, whose father Peter played for the Wallabies and professional rugby league, was pursued by NRL clubs but chose to join the Waratahs and was placed in the same category as Roosters star Joseph Suaalii.

“Securing Max is a positive result not only for the Waratahs but also for Australian rugby as he is one of the elite students in the Class of 2022 and is in high demand,” said Waratahs coach Darren Coleman.

“It’s great that he has chosen to stay with the Waratahs, especially after spending the last three years at our academy.

“Max understands he still has a long way to go and work to do before he can become a full-fledged super rugby player, but we look forward to working with him and helping him develop his game .”


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St Joseph’s Max Jorgensen tours Japan with Australia A. Image: John AppleyardSource: News Corp Australia

Banks’ selection shows the Honda-tied full-back is still within the scope of next year’s World Championship.

Rennie has been shy about the full-back’s future with the Wallabies because the New Zealand coach is still unsure who he wants to wear at next year’s World Cup.

Currently he can only select three overseas players under current Rugby Australia eligibility laws, with Samu Kerevi, Quade Cooper and Marika Koroibete in the box to be selected.

But there is a broader thought that all bets will be on for next year and if Rennie wants anyone in his World Cup squad then overseas selection politics will be jettisoned.

In that case, players like Banks, Rory Arnold, Will Skelton, Scott Sio and Brandon Paenga-Amosa would come into play.

Tom Banks’ World Championship dream isn’t over yet, despite joining Honda in Japan League Two. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Australia A played in this year’s Pacific Nations Cup and the three unofficial tests against Japan XV are a huge boost to the nation’s depth.

It will give the best developing talent another month of rugby ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Pacific season, with Waratah’s defense coach Jason Gilmore once again overseeing the tour as head coach.

“It’s great that these three games are coming up to continue development and give our players more playing time against top-flight international opponents,” Gilmore said.

“With the guidance of Dave Rennie we have selected the best possible players available and everyone is really excited to put in the work at the training camp and perform well in Japan.”

Australia A squad for the Japan Tour

Richie Asiata, Queensland Reds

Tom Banks, ACT Brumbies

Ollie Callan, Western Force

Jock Campbell, Queensland Reds

Hudson Creighton, ACT Brumbies

Filipo Daugunu, Queensland Reds

Ben Donaldson, NSW Waratahs

Tane Edmed, NSW Waratahs

Pone Fa’amausili, Melbourne rebels

Nick Frost, ACT Brumbies

Matt Gibbon, Melbourne Rebels

Langi Gleeson, NSW Waratahs

Ned Hanigan, NSW Waratahs

Isaac HenryQueensland Reds

Archer Wood, NSW Waratahs

Harry Hoopert, Queensland Reds

Max Jorgensen*, NSW Waratahs

Bayley Künzle, Western Force

Lachlan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies

Ryan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies

Mark Nawaqanitawase, NSW Waratahs

Caderyn Neville, ACT Brumbies

Dylan Pietsch, NSW Waratahs

Billy Pollard, ACT Brumbies

Tom Robertson, Western Force

Rory Scott, ACT Brumbies

Ryan Smith, Queensland Reds

Hamish Stewart, Western Force

Darcy Swain, ACT Brumbies

James Tuttle, Melbourne Rebels

Seru Uru, Queensland Reds

Suli Vunivalu, Queensland Reds

Brad Wilkin, Melbourne Rebels

Teddy Wilson, NSW Waratahs

*denotes development players

Australia A vs Japan XV Tour

Saturday October 1st at the Chichibunomiya rugby stadium in Tokyo

Saturday October 8th at the Best Denki Stadium in Fukuoka

Friday October 14 at Yodoko Sakura Stadium in Osaka

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