Ireland international confirms interest from the Wallabies

Wanted man.

Ireland international Ciaran Frawley has confirmed that there was interest from Australia to get him to declare for the Wallabies before he made his bow for the men in green.

Frawley started his first Six Nation game for Ireland against Wales in Round 3, having come off the bench in the win over Wales. Frawley filled in at fullback for the injured Hugo Keenan and impressed.

His versatility has been highlighted previously, with Frawley able to seamlessly slot in at centre, fullback, wing, and even fly-half.

Both of Frawley’s parents are Irish, but having been born in Sydney, he could have represented Australia immediately before ultimately being capped by Ireland.

“I was in and out of camps from 2021 and I felt my time was coming. I had a few injuries along the way and obviously, I was still qualified for Australia,” Frawley told reporters.

“But I never had a phone call with Eddie Jones. I knew there was interest from over there, but I was never going to go.

“I’ve lived in Ireland since I was three years old, Ireland is my home, I don’t want to move to the other side of the world when I felt I had the potential to do what I actually wanted to do.”

Had Joe Schmidt been in charge before Frawley made his Ireland debut, it might have been a different story. Perhaps the former Leinster and Ireland coach could have convinced him to make the move.

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