Tom Banks, Darcy Swain, Max Jorgensen included in Australia A team for the Japan tour, video

Dave Rennie has given the best indication yet that Tom Banks remains in the frame to play for the Wallabies at next year’s World Cup, with Brumby’s departure included in Australia’s 34-man squad in Japan .

Also, Wallaby Darcy Swain, who is on the verge of being knocked out of the game for a long time, was included in the squad which included 12 selected players.

Swain, who faces a court hearing Wednesday night to determine whether he is suspended for a “reckless and dangerous” cleanup on All Black Quinn Tupaea, could serve any suspension handed down by being included.

This means the 25-year-old could take part in this year’s five-game Spring Tour, even though he faces a heavy suspension following the Bledisloe I incident.

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Darcy Swain faces a court hearing on Wednesday to determine whether he will be suspended from Bledisloe I. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Uncapped Wallabies Jock Campbell and Langi Gleeson were included in the squad, with both still in the frame to compete at the end of the Spring Tour season.

Others like capped Wallabies Nick Frost, Billy Pollard and Matt Gibbon, as well as Ned Hanigan and Filpo Daugunu, were also included.

While two-time NRL premiership winner Suliasi Vunivalu will also have the chance to push for selection after being selected.

Emerging playmakers Ben Donaldson and Tane Edmed were selected again, with both men playing for Australia A in July.

Two interesting names selected are emerging stars Max Jorgensen (outside fullback) and Teddy Wilson (halfback), the former being bracketed as a ‘development player’.

Schoolboy sensation Max Jorgensen has been selected as a development player for Australia A. Picture: Waratahs Media.Source: Supplied

But their signings are strong indications of their immense potential, with Jorgensen currently completing his secondary education at St Joseph’s, Hunter’s Hill – the same college where director of rugby Andrew Blades recently worked.

Jorgensen, whose father Peter played for the Wallabies and professional rugby league, was pursued by NRL clubs but opted to join the Waratahs and was placed in the same category as Roosters star Joseph Suaalii.

“Securing Max is a positive outcome, not just for the Waratahs but for Australian rugby, as he is one of the elite schoolboys in the Class of 2022 and much sought after,” Waratahs coach Darren Coleman said.

“It’s great that he decided to stay with the Waratahs, especially after spending the last three years at our academy.

“Max understands he has a long way to go and a lot of work to do before he can become a full-fledged Super Rugby player, but we look forward to working with him and helping him develop his game.”


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St Joseph’s Max Jorgensen will tour Japan with Australia A. Photo: John AppleyardSource: News Corp Australia

Banks’ selection shows the Honda-linked full-back is still within the scope of next year’s World Cup.

Rennie has been coy about the full-back’s future with the Wallabies as the New Zealand manager still doesn’t know who he wants to wear the No.15 shirt at next year’s World Cup.

At present, he can only choose three foreign players under current Rugby Australia eligibility laws, with Samu Kerevi, Quade Cooper and Marika Koroibete in the box to choose from.

But there is a wider idea that all bets will be off for next year and if Rennie wants someone in his World Cup squad the away selection policy will be thrown out.

If that were to happen, players like Banks, Rory Arnold, Will Skelton, Scott Sio and Brandon Paenga-Amosa would come into the frame.

Tom Banks’ World Cup dream isn’t over despite heading to Honda in the Japanese League Two competition. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Australia A have played in the Pacific Nations Cup this year and the three unofficial Tests against a Japan XV are a huge boost to the nation’s depth.

This will allow top developing talent another month of rugby ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Pacific season, with Waratahs defense coach Jason Gilmore once again overseeing the tour as head coach.

“It’s great to have these three games ahead to continue development and give our players more playing time against top international opponents,” Gilmore said.

“With advice from Dave Rennie, we have selected the best players available and everyone is really excited to be working in the practice paddock and performing well in Japan.”

Australia A team for the Japan Tour

Richie Asiata, Queensland Reds

Tom Banks, ACT Brumbies

Ollie Callan, Western Force

Jock Campbell, Queensland Reds

Hudson Creighton, ACT Brumbies

Filipo Daugunu, Queensland Reds

Ben Donaldson, NSW Waratahs

Tane Edmed, NSW Waratahs

Pone Fa’amausili, Melbourne Rebels

Nick Frost, ACT Brumbies

Matt Gibbon, Melbourne Rebels

Langi Gleeson, NSW Waratahs

Ned Hanigan, NSW Waratahs

Isaac Henry, Queensland Reds

Archer Holz, NSW Waratahs

Harry Hoopert, Queensland Reds

Max Jorgensen*, NSW Waratahs

Bayley Kuenzle, Western Force

Lachlan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies

Ryan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies

Mark Nawaqanitawase, NSW Waratahs

Caderyn Neville, ACT Brumbies

Dylan Pietsch, NSW Waratahs

Billy Pollard, ACT Brumbies

Tom RobertsonWestern Force

Rory Scott, ACT Brumbies

Ryan Smith, Queensland Reds

Hamish StewartWestern Force

Darcy Swain, ACT Brumbies

James Tuttle, Melbourne Rebels

Seru Uru, Queensland Reds

Suli Vunivalu, Queensland Reds

Brad Wilkin, Melbourne Rebels

Teddy Wilson, NSW Waratahs

*denotes development player

Australia A vs Japan XV Round

Saturday, October 1 at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo

Saturday, October 8 at Best Denki Stadium in Fukuoka

Friday, October 14 at Yodoko Sakura Stadium in Osaka

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