Saracens are set to be without one of their key figures during the World Cup – and possibly beyond – with director of rugby Mark McCall admitting that second-row Will Skelton could be called up by the Wallabies.
Current rules laid out by Rugby Australia means that the lock is not eligible for the national team, but will be should he sign a contract with a Super Rugby franchise.
"Poor old Gareth Steenson, being ATOMISED by a giant Wallaby!"— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) May 4, 2019
Will Skelton with an almighty bosh and the offload for the assist!
It is just NOT SAFE to try and tackle him at full speed ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/Vd7n9Mmv4V
Earlier in May, it was reported that the second-row had turned his back on the national team and was set to re-commit to the Londoners, but McCall has now suggested that Skelton could leave.
“Will has spoken to me about it,” Saracens’ director of rugby told Press Association. “He is keen to play in the World Cup, but he is also keen to play for Saracens, which is quite complex.
“There hasn’t been much contact from Australia but I think there will be and we want our players to play in the World Cup.
“For that to happen he probably has to sign longer term there, which is not what we want but if that is what Will decides, that is what he decides.
“Nic White has some arrangement. We haven’t been approached yet, but you’d imagine that might suggest something like that.”