Walabis withdraws optimistic Japan deal, gives good news about Renee Tom Banks

Brumbies young locksmith Nick Frost has withdrawn a reported deal to join the Panasonic Wild Nights of Robbie Deans in Japan to sign Australian rugby by the end of 2025.

It was reported last month that Frost was considering a second thought about leaving Australia after receiving promising feedback on his national team prospects.

Frost has not yet been capped by the Wallabies but is clearly in the frame of next year’s World Cup, unless of this year’s Test series against England and the Rugby Championship.

A product of the Australian Rugby Pathway, Frost was part of the 2017 Australian Schoolboys team and was also a member of the 2019 Junior Wallabis, which fell short in the U20 World Championship final against France in Argentina.

The 206cm second rover in the same tournament went viral after surpassing several backs outside of Ireland in an extraordinary 60-meter single attempt.

Frost was selected in Dave Rainey’s extensive Wallabis squad for both 2021 and 2022 and is one of 16 national talents who have re-committed to at least the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France this year in Australian rugby.

“I will be here at Australian rugby for three more years with Brumbis, it is very good,” Frost said in a statement.

“My desire has always been to play for the Wallachians and succeed with the Brumbians and I am grateful that it worked that way and now I can focus on working towards my goals here at home.

“Brambis is a special place and having spent some time around the Wallabis environment last year, I’m eager and focused on getting better every day and I want to stay.”

Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar added: “Nick is nice to be with Australian rugby and the Brumbies.

“Nick is a rare genius with his mobility and height, he has the right mindset to grow and improve in his area and he is a popular member of the group.

“Keeping him is important for the Brumbies and he will be a significant contributor for many years to come.”

Renee gives positive bank updates

Wallabis coach Dave Renee will not hold Tom Banks’ upcoming move in Japan against him when he selects his team to face England in July.

The Brumbies fullback is expected to agree to a tear-jerker deal worth $ 2.8 million in two years.

Under the new selection policy, Renee is less likely to be selected as one of the three foreign-based players available to him, meaning banks will miss next year’s World Cup in France.

But with Perth’s Test opener against England on July 2, it will not be a source of controversy.

“We have some decisions to make. Will we use all the games to prepare for this year’s World Cup? Or are we trying to win a Test match? ‘, Renee told AAP.

“Well, of course we want to win now and grow from there, so the form will determine who we play in the 15th.”

Michael Cheika controversially ignored the banks for the 2019 World Cup but he was the first-choice custodian last season until Renee broke his arm.

Reece Hodge, Andrew Kellaway and Kurtley Beale were used in the rest of the Tests, while Jock Campbell and Jordan Petia have since emerged as alternatives.

But no one has closed the door when 93-Test talent Biel will return to Varatas from a long injury from his two-year stint with Racing 92 in France.

“Tom has been great, it’s nice to see Jordi play there, Jock has played a bit too and Cartley will be back in a few weeks even though he’s been injured for a long time,” Renee said.

“Of course there are some options but I will just say (at the bank) he has had a great season, missed a few weeks due to injury, but is back to really good form.

“He’s faster, he’s worked harder in his game and we’re seeing the benefits and we’re going to be in good form.”

It’s a method that appeals to former Wallabis captain Andrew Slack, who doesn’t want to see the crucial England series turn into a World Cup laboratory.

“I haven’t changed my mind in 30 years, so we can be extra committed to the next World Cup,” he told AAP.

“It’s important for the team to win this year, you can get confidence from it so if he’s the best choice, pick him now and he will be replaced by someone else if he is not here next year.

“Purely and simply to pick the boys on the basis of a World Cup, you are playing with fire.

“Of course you’re not going to play five blocks, not everyone will be there, but in certain positions, you will choose your best.”

Is Eddie a power sapper?

Eddie Jones is never far from the title and is the latest to take a pot shot from England’s Great Austin Healy Aussie head coach.

Haley, writing in The Telegraph, questioned Jones’ focus – denied by Jones and the club – to discuss with French club Racing 92 his next move after next year’s World Cup.

Haley wrote: “One of the main things that bothered me about playing for England was that Clive Woodward had a word for some people, ‘energy sappers’, someone who didn’t focus fully, drawing energy from others.

“He’ll call me and tell me to stop doing so much commercial work that it’s affecting my game – no more book deals, no more advertising. Then a few weeks later you’ll see Clive’s next book come out and think ‘hang on, we’re all together or we’re not’.

“With Eddie, people know he’s obsessed with coaching, but everyone wants to see that focus with England.

“Maybe don’t go to Japan, or talk about joining Racing 92, or publish another book, or talk about dinner. Because it is a confusion. And using Clive’s term, it’s ‘energy sapping’.

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