Sean McMahon will join Samu Kerevi and Quade Cooper in the Wallabies squad next week as the latest former star to be drawn under relaxed eligibility laws.
Cooper will play South Africa on the Gold Coast on Sunday for the first time since 2017, when backrower McMahon last carried Wallaby gold.
Now McMahon, who is still only 27 and considered one of the world’s most damaging flankers, could play alongside him with fellow Japanese center Kerevi later this month in the rugby championship. .
Signed to Suntory Sungoliath until 2023, McMahon was unable to play for the Wallabies under the criteria of the Giteau Law, which stipulates that a player must have 60 test selections and have completed seven years of service to be selected in playing abroad.
But those rules have been relaxed in part because of COVID-19, with coach Dave Rennie now able to select two players who don’t meet those criteria.
McMahon had expressed his desire to return to the test fold last year and was set to embark on an Olympic campaign with the rugby sevens team.
Now Rennie has finally come to call, McMahon on the verge of completing his hotel quarantine before joining the team on the Gold Coast.
He could line up alongside Kerevi – Cooper has played 70 tests and therefore qualifies under existing criteria – starting next weekend at Suncorp Stadium to face the Springboks.
The Wallabies are also due to play in Scotland, England and Wales on their spring European tour in November.