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Wallabies to Miss Star Winger as Northern Hemisphere Tour Beckons

Wallabies corrosive winger Marika Koroibete is set to miss the Northern Hemisphere tour, opting to stay behind after the birth of his third child.

This may ostensibly mean 29-year-old Koroibete who has been capped 42 times since his debut in 2017, has played his last match for Australia unless the Giteau law remains in place. The lethal winger is headed to Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights next season.

“Emma’s(his wife) pretty isolated down there. They’ve had a newborn baby and a couple of other young boys. Based on those situations, Marika has chosen not to tour.” Aussies head coach Dave Rennie.

Even as the tactician sweats over the availability of another star, center Sami Kerevi, he insists he has good enough cover ahead of Japan on October 23. Kerevi went off in the Wallabies’ win over Argentina with an ankle injury.

“Marika is an unbelievable player with a massive work ethic. And physicality. Big shoes to fill, but we have good depth there.”

Jordan Petaia and Tom Wright are in line to fill the gap left by Koroibete.

Here’s the Wallabies’ schedule for the Northern Hemisphere tour.

Japan v Wallabies at Oita Stadium, Oita on Saturday 23 October at 1.45pm JST

Scotland v Wallabies at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on Sunday 7 November at 2.15pm GMT

England v Wallabies at Twickenham, London on Saturday 13 November at 5.30pm GMT

Wales v Wallabies at Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday 20 November at 5.30pm GMT

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