At the moment there are eight Wallaby wingers contracted to Top 14 clubs. Although the likes of Drew Mitchell remain eligible to play for Australia having earned in excess of 60 international caps, others such as Joe Tomane have put their international careers on hold while they play in France.
This creates a problem for Michael Cheika and Australia, who have become increasingly reliant on importing Pacific Islanders as a result. However one player who has impressed with Australia in the last year has been Dane Haylett-Petty.
The Force winger made his international debut against England last June, and has not looked out of place in the test arena in any of his subsequent 12 appearances. While Haylett-Petty might not be an outright finisher like Mitchell, he is known for his consistency and appetite for work.
Such has been 27 year-old’s form, Bordeaux Begles have become alerted to Haylett-Petty’s availability at the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby season, and according to Midi Olympique, have offered the winger a contract.
Although the offer might prove too tempting for Haylett-Petty to turn down, he has previously experienced life in the Top 14, having played for Biarritz before deciding to return to Australia in 2014. Indeed, it would seem strange for the winger to return to France so soon after making his international debut.
Nevertheless if Haylett-Petty does decide to move to Bordeaux, he will be joining fellow Wallaby, Adam Ashley-Cooper, at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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