Elsom released to join Leinster

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 26 Jun 2008 at 10:43
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Sydney – Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom has been granted an early release from his Australian Rugby Union contract following this year’s Tri-Nations series to enable him to join Leinster, the ARU said Thursday.

Chief executive John O’Neill said Elsom, who has 33 Test caps, would be free to take up a deal with the Irish club in September, three months before his contract was due to expire.

O’Neill said the 25-year-old Waratahs’ backrower was being released on unspecified “compassionate grounds.”

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the conversations we have had with Rocky,” O’Neill said in a statement.

“He took us into his confidence and this remains a confidential matter between Rocky and the ARU.

“We also factored into the equation that not giving him this assistance, in the form of an early release, meant we could have lost him to Australian rugby permanently.

“As it stands now, we hope to have Rocky back in Australia by the middle of next year.”

O’Neill said Elsom had been keen to play for the Wallabies during their November tour to Europe while based in Ireland.

However, ARU policy would prohibit Elsom’s selection under those circumstances, O’Neill said.

“Players based overseas are ineligible for Wallabies’ selection and there is no intention of relaxing that stance,” O’Neill said.

Elsom, who made his Test debut against Samoa in 2005, was one of Australia’s best performers in last year’s World Cup in France.


  • News24:

    “…Promising Reds halfback Ben Lucas has returned from a knee injury to be picked behind the Australian A scrum against Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup at Ballymore on Sunday.

    Lucas is viewed as a future Wallaby, especially after his excellent conversion from pivot to halfback for the Reds. Timana Tahu remains at inside-centre, while Drew Mitchell will play at fullback.

    AUSTRALIA A: Drew Mitchell; Lachlan Turner, Morgan Turinui, Timana Tahu, Digby Ioane; Daniel Halangahu, Ben Lucas; Stephen Hoiles, Richard Brown, Hugh McMeniman, Peter Kimlin, Mark Chisholm, Sekope Kepu, Sean Hardman, Ben Alexander. Res: John Ulugia, Guy Shepherdson, Van Humphries, Julian Salvi, Brett Sheehan, Sam Norton-Knight, Mark Gerrard.”

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.06.08 12:44:17 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • Australia vs France on Saurday:

    Australia: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Peter Hynes, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 George Smith, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 James Horwill, 3 Matt Dunning, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
    Replacements: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Phil Waugh, 20 Sam Cordingley, 21 Ryan Cross, 22 Adam Ashley-Cooper

    France: 15 Pepito Elhorga, 14 Alexis Palisson, 13 Damian Traille, 12 François Trinh-Duc, 11 Benjamin Thiéry, 10 Benjamin Boyet, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Louis Picamoles, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Sébastien Chabal, 4 Lionel Nallet (c), 3 Benoît Lecouls, 2 Sébastien Bruno, 1 Lionel Faure.
    Remplaçants: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Renaud Boyoud, 18 David Couzinet, 19 Mathieu Lièvremont, 20 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 21 Thibault Lacroix, 22 David Janin

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.08 12:53:58 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • The Aussies are gonna be competitive this season. They have some good players but above all they have a brilliant coach.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.08 13:00:43 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    There are a bit like WP, if they just found some really good props they would be right up there. ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.08 13:07:01 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • :evil:

    And yet they’ve won the RWC twice… :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.08 13:09:34 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    Like you do with WP, you are looking back in history, I am talking about the current Aussie team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.08 13:13:32 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • Chabal at lock? :roll:

    Decent Wallaby A team as well!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.06.08 14:02:34 by Villie Reply
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    VillieCurrie Cup player
  • According to Sky sports, Heyneke Meyer and Dai Young are fighting out to become Leicester’s new coach following reports that Neil Back was set to become Leeds Carnegie’s director of rugby.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.06.08 17:24:54 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Planet Rugby: Traille ready to deliver a surprise
    Friday 27th June 2008

    Many are expecting Australia to make light work of France on Saturday, but Damien Traille has warned locals that France mean business and are not there just to make up the numbers.

    France’s plight has not been helped by the Top 14 play-offs – over fifteen first choice players were unavailable to tour due to club commitments – but they are still focused on beating the Wallabies.

    Traille is the only survivor from last year’s World Cup and he is refusing to accept the suggestions that France are weak and there for the taking.

    “I don’t really know what people say but we are not here to be a victim, or a sparring partner,” Traille told Fox Sports.

    “We want to play our game on Saturday and be successful.

    “We knew that this tour would be a bit complicated because we have a young squad but we also know the coach trusts us and has confidence in our group.

    “Now it is just a matter of enjoying ourselves in the game and playing for the win.”

    Those who think France are inexperienced are wrong, only two of the starting XV are on debut, although the bench is lacking the sort of depth required at this level.

    That said France have enough talent in their side to raise a few Australian eyebrows and even cause what would be a major upset.

    “We did not come here only for defence. With the new players, there is an ability to move the ball and play some attractive rugby,” Traille said.

    Since Marc Lièvremont took over last year we have seen the France of old coming to the fore. For too long under Bernard Laporte France played a rigid style of rugby that required them to stick to guidelines.

    Slowly though Lièvremont is bringing back the old Gallic flair, a return to running rugby that requires the players to play what is in front of them – regardless of the previous calls.

    “It is true since the World Cup there have been many great players of the French team to have stopped playing like Fabien Pelous, Serge Betsen, Christophe Dominici,” Traille said.

    “Now it is a younger team but we also want to create our own history playing our own rugby.

    “The World Cup, it is forgotten. When you are a sportsman you look to the future. You don’t look back too much.”

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.08 11:51:15 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player

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