1 Mar 2013

Wallabies to miss a round of Super Rugby

4:56 pm on 1 March 2013

Wallabies players will be quarantined for three weeks leading into the British and Irish Lions rugby series in a protective move which has defied Australia's Super Rugby franchises and could open another can of worms.

The Queensland Reds, the New South Wales Waratahs and the ACT Brumbies have been forced to fall into line behind Wallabies coach Robbie Deans after the Australian Rugby Union ruled 25 test players would participate in an extended camp.

The controversial move was expected despite all five Australian franchises opposing Deans' wishes at a high-performance meeting late last year.

The Reds, Brumbies and Waratahs - set to have the highest representation of Wallabies - were most outspoken as the three-week camp will rob them of their star players for matches on June 7th, 8th and 9th.

While the Reds play the Lions in a potential blockbuster at Suncorp Stadium, the Brumbies take on the Rebels and the Waratahs play the Western Force in penultimate-round local derbies which could be crucial to their Super Rugby play-off hopes.