Deans drops Elsom for Tests

2012-05-25 07:40

Sydney - Waratahs skipper Rocky Elsom has been cut from the Wallabies by coach Robbie Deans less than a year after being stripped of the national captaincy.

And with the ARU expecting the blindside flank to take up opportunities in Japan or France in 2013, the No 6 may have played his last game in the green and gold jumper.

Waratahs contacts in South Africa on Thursday confirmed Elsom, who suffered a shoulder injury in last week's loss to the Stormers, had been overlooked for the upcoming Tests against Scotland and Wales.

After pushing through last year's Rugby World Cup with serious leg and shoulder injuries, it's likely the official line will be that Elsom has been rested to continue his recovery from eight months on the sidelines. Elsom has had limited game time since making his Super Rugby return last month.

Elsom stands to lose in excess of $40 000 by not playing the series.

Considered one of the Wallabies' greatest ever No 6s it will be the first time - when available - that Elsom hasn't been selected for the Wallabies since making his Test debut in 2005.

Should Elsom miss two more matches this season, he will fail to activate a clause in his contract which gives him an opportunity to continue at the Waratahs on his current salary.

And while Waratahs coaching staff want to retain Elsom - who, when fit, is one of rugby's most devastating players - it's understood Waratahs management are prepared to let Elsom leave at year's end to pursue significant offers in either Japan or France.

His departure would save the Waratahs and ARU in excess of $300 000 and $400 000 respectively.

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  • LaBlue - 2012-05-25 08:39

    "Last week's loss to the Lions" Say what now?

      LaBlue - 2012-05-25 08:58

      Hahaha, now they changed it to "Last week's loss to the Stormers". Last week the Waratahs lost against the Stormers, and the Brumbies beat the Hurricanes.

  • warren.elsom.7 - 2012-05-25 08:46

    Go to France Rocky, u are needed elsewhere and the money is far better. Or...come play for our green & gold

  • Boereroo - 2012-05-25 08:50

    With young stars like Hooper and Liam Gill coming through I'm sorry Rocky but you are outclassed by them. Just imagine a Wallaby backrow of these two with Pocock in the mix. That will be scary stuff to any opposition.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-26 04:36

    Good call Deans, Elsom is just another has been! Ask the Aussies they will tell you the same thing.

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