As Israel Folau challenges a breach notice from Rugby Australia over a controversial social media post, a selection dilemma looms for the Wallabies as they decide who is the most suitable replacement.
Folau’s loss will be felt by the Wallabies leading into the 2019 Rugby World Cup and may lead to more than the one change.
Appearing on Thursday’s episode of Game of Codes, an Australian sports podcast by The Roar, rugby Expert Brett McKay said that while there are a number of options on the table for selectors, Dayne Haylett-Petty is the clear frontrunner.
McKay cited a run of form for Haylett-Petty in 2018 that saw Folau pushed to the right wing for the Wallabies, and claimed the opportunity is there for the side to change the way they play through new selections and combinations.
A code of conduct hearing will take place within the next few weeks to determine whether Folau’s contract will be terminated, with an exact date for the hearing yet to be confirmed.
Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle said Folau’s decision to challenge the breach notice didn’t come as a surprise.
“Isreal has responded formally today to request a Code of Conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome. We will now work to confirm a date for the hearing as soon as possible,” said Castle.
“After the date for the hearing is confirmed Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will make no further comment on the matter until the Code of Conduct process has concluded.”