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McMeniman Ends Wallabies Career 40 views 0 Comments 0 Images
25 February 2014 by Englandfan See all
 
Hugh McMeniman has dealt the Wallabies a heavy blow following his decision to walk out on Australian rugby in order to sign for the Honda Heat in Japan. The Western Force flanker has been an important part of the Australia team since his return to Super Rugby last year, breaking back into the national side after a sensational season with the Force last season.

On the back of the news that Australian skipper Ben Mowen will miss the 2015 World Cup in order to play his rugby in Europe, McMeniman’s decision means the Wallabies will be without another important back-row forward in the run-up to next year’s tournament. While Mowen is heading to France, McMeniman will link up with former Force and Wallabies team-mate Richard Brown at the Honda Heat in Japan.

According to the bet365 website, it will be McMeniman’s second spell in Japan having previously spent three years playing for Kubota Spears after making the move from the Queensland Reds in 2009. After a three-year absence, McMeniman returned to Australia last year, signing with the Force and wasting little time in reintegrating himself back in the Wallabies setup.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie revived McMeniman’s Test career by picking him as starting blindside flanker in his first game in charge of the national side, and the 30-year old was expected to be a key part of the Australia team between now and next year’s World Cup.

McMeniman’s departure is a further indication of the current problems facing the ARU, who have seen a host of top-line stars walk away from the national team over the past year. Fans who gamble with bet365 know that the loss of so many big players will definitely have an impact on Australia’s World Cup betting odds next year.

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