Izaia Perese needs to show some form in the NRC.
Izaia Perese needs to show some form in the NRC. Stuart Walmsley/RUGBY.com.au

NRC form crucial for Wallabies on fringes

YOUNG gun Izzy Perese is "killing it” in Wallabies training but impressed coach Michael Cheika wants him to force his way into the side with dominant form in the NRC.

Along with Rory Arnold and Lopeti Timani, Perese has been released the Wallabies and flew home on Sunday to play NRC over the next two weekends.

The trio haven't had a game in several weeks and Cheika is keen for them to all get matches under their belt ahead of the third Bledisloe Cup game in Brisbane on October 21.

"I want them to all go play a couple of games of NRC. They all have NRC next week and NRC the week after, before we come back in for the Bledisloe camp,” Cheika said.

"I would like them to get that.”

Cheika conceded Perese had been outstanding in Wallabies' training but vying for a wing spot, the coach indicated he'd prefer to see him win a spot in an NRC game, just as Lukhan Tui did when he was sent back.

"He (Perese) is killing it, and that's why I don't want him to just stay here and train,” Cheika said.

"He is a very competitive position, and I think he is a guy who can defend in the midfield as well. He has that genuine pace, he had a great​ mindset and a great attitude. So he is coming along very nicely. But I want him to play footy as well.

"I could have kept him but he wants to play footy as well and I think that's the best thing as well. Lukhan got back in here from playing footy in the NRC and got a look in. If he was just training he wouldn't have got on the field.

"So wherever we can, we want them to play footy.”


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