Cape Town - The
Wallabies have released 12 Test squad players to play in the opening
round of Australia's National Rugby Championship in a bid to add to
their game time.
Centre Samu Kerevi is set to line up in what will be a stacked
Brisbane City backline against the Fijian Drua this weekend at
Kerevi started at 13 in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test, but was left
out of the team in Dunedin after a disappointing performance, with
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika saying the 23-year-old was yet to return
to full fitness after an injury-affected season.
The Red is no stranger to the NRC, having played for Brisbane City in 2014 and 2015, when they won back-to-back titles.
Brisbane City already boast Nick Frisby and Quade Cooper as their
halves and Kerevi's return only makes their attack look more
threatening, against the Fijian Drua on Saturday.
Loose forward Adam Korczyk and lock Kane Douglas will also be released to play for City.
Last weekend's Test debutant Izack Rodda could feature for Queensland
Country, along with speedster Isaia Perese, with the pair heading back
to the provincial competition on Saturday.
They could find themselves up against Brumbies halfback and
third-choice Wallabies nine Joe Powell, who will be in the mix for the
Sunday's Perth Spirit v Melbourne Rising game could see as many as
six Wallabies squad players in action, with Tetera Faulkner, Curtis Rona
and Billy Meakes in the Spirit side, while Jordan Uelese, Lopeti Timani
and Marika Koroibete will be in contention for the Rising.
The Wallabies have all returned to their home states this week,
before they reconvene in Perth on Sunday evening, ahead of their September 9
clash with South Africa.