England’s wingers might want to bulk up ahead of their summer tour to Australia.
Despite having a huge number of talented wingers at their disposal, Australia could be forced to turn to the inexperienced Taqele Naiyaravoro against England this summer.
Such a scenario has come about because Michael Cheika will not be recalling Adam Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell for the three match test series, despite the duo starting against New Zealand in the World Cup Final.
Their loss has been compounded by the fact that both Henry Speight and Nick Cummins are unavailable for selection due to their commitments with the Australian sevens side.
In addition, Peter Betham’s move to the Leicester Tigers means that he can no longer be considered for selection, while Rob Horne is expected to be deployed at outside centre for the Waratahs this season. As a result, Cheika will be forced to turn to Naiyaravoro, a winger who stands at 6ft 4in and weighs 123 kgs.
Although Naiyaravoro joined the Glasgow Warriors last summer on a three year deal, The Courier Mail have reported that the Fijian born winger has a clause in his contract allowing him rejoin the Waratahs at the end of the Pro 12 season.
This would allow the giant winger play in the later rounds of Super Rugby, before linking up with the Wallabies. Michael Cheika confirmed this to be his hope in the Brisbane based newspaper.
I’m very keen for Taqele to come back, and when he left I think he was keen to stay.
He made a commitment [to Glasgow], he’s fulfilled that commitment now so we’re working very hard to get him to come back to Australian rugby.
Considering Naiyaravoro weight, maybe Eddie Jones should consider a training session where England’s wingers try and bring Billy Vunipola down in full flight.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena