Oct 1 (Reuters) – Forwards Rory Arnold and Lopeti Timani, and utility back Izaia Perese have been released from Australia’s squad ahead of their final Rugby Championship clash against Argentina in Mendoza next week.
The Wallabies drew 27-27 with the Springboks in Bloemfontein on Saturday to hand the unbeaten All Blacks their second successive Rugby Championship title before they kicked off in the 36-10 win over the Pumas in Buenos Aires.
Australia are third in the standings on 10 points after their second stalemate against the Springboks and coach Michael Cheika said he wanted the trio, who were unlikely to play in Argentina, to see some action before the end of year tour.
“They have all got National Rugby Championship games next weekend and the week after before we come back in for the Bledisloe camp,” Cheika said. “Wherever we can, we want them to play footy.”
The Wallabies also face New Zealand in a third Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane on Oct. 21 before they embark on their end-of-season tour. The All Blacks have already retained the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy.
Cheika’s side play Japan on Nov. 4 before they face Wales, England and Scotland. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by John O’Brien)