Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

NRC Form Crucial for Wallabies on Fringes

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

NRC Form Crucial for Wallabies on Fringes

Article excerpt

RUGBY UNION: Young gun Izzy Perese is "killing it" in Wallabies training but coach Michael Cheika wants him to force his way into the side with dominant form in the NRC.

Along with Rory Arnold and Lopeti Timani, Perese (pictured) has been released from the Wallabies and flew home on Sunday to play NRC over the next two weekends.

The trio haven't had a game in several weeks and Cheika is keen for them to all get matches under their belt ahead of the third Bledisloe Cup game in Brisbane on October 21.

"I want them to all go play a couple of games of NRC. They all have NRC next week and NRC the week after, before we come back in for the Bledisloe camp," Cheika said.

Cheika conceded Perese had been outstanding in Wallabies' training but vying for a wing spot, the coach indicated he'd prefer to see him win a spot in an NRC game, just as Lukhan Tui did when he was sent back. …

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