Cape Town - Wallabies backrow forward Sean McMahon is keeping the door
open for a potential return to Test rugby at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The 23-year-old is heading to Japan on a two-year deal,
beginning in the 2018/19 season, seemingly ruling him out of the 2019 global
showpiece in that country.
His departure will be a huge blow for Australian rugby, as
the incumbent No. 8 was a long term part of coach Michael Cheika’s plans prior
to the shock news he was heading overseas.
But ahead of Australia’s clash with Argentina, McMahon was
coy when asked about a possible cameo should Cheika come calling in 2019.
“You never know, we’ll see what happens when the time
comes,” he told the Australian Rugby Union's official website.
“For now I’m just focused on what’s ahead this weekend and
that’s a strong Argentinian team.”
McMahon has been one of Australia’s best through the Rugby
Championship and he remains focused on improving the team’s output, on the
whole, before he departs.
“It’s about making the most of my moments,” he said.
“Every opportunity that I’m getting at the moment I take with
both hands and I’m just trying to make sure that I do what I can in that gold
“I want to make sure that as a team we finish on a high,
it’s not a personal thing, but as a team so next year, whoever comes into that
position takes it on and continues to build.”
David Pocock, currently on sabbatical, is likely to fill the
hole McMahon leaves in the back row but for now, McMahon is enjoying some added
freedom on field in working alongside Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper.
“Right now I am just trying to bring a bit of consistency to
my game,” he added.
“That’s all about back-to-back, week in week out, working
with Hoops - who’s such an unreal player - and trying to work with him and
bring a combination that works for both of us.
“Currently we have got a little bit of free reign to move
around the field and it’s been working.”
Sunday's Mendoza Test will be McMahon’s last in Argentina
for some time and he warned of the raucous atmosphere that will await the men
“They’re very well known for their soccer crowds but they
get an unreal crowd here for their rugby and the support is unreal to
see," he said.
“It’s so loud and you need to come together as a team when
you’re here, otherwise the crowd can get in your head.”