Wallabies try-scoring machine Marika Koroibete will miss their entire spring trip to Japan and the UK.
Koroibete missed the birth of his son to represent Australia in three Tests against Les Bleus before being released from the camp and missing their last match against Argentina.
On Sunday, coach Dave Rennie confirmed he has given Koroibete the spring to stay in Australia and spend time with his young family.
“We’ve been discussing it for a while,” Rennie said.
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“COVID has thrown a lot of basket balls to all of us. Marika has been away from home for a long time and (his partner) Emma is pretty isolated down there (in Melbourne).
“They’ve got a newborn baby and they have a couple of other young boys, so based on those situations, Marika decided not to tour.”
The Wallabies will have to settle for a winger to replace Koroibete, and they have people like Jordan Petaia, Filipo Daugunu, Reece Hodge and Izaia Perese waiting for a chance.
“(Wing) is a position we have some depth in,” Rennie said.
“Marika is an incredible player. He has a massive work ethic and physique, so big shoes to fill, but we have good depth here.”
The Wallabies landed in Japan on Thursday and take on the Brave Blossoms next Saturday. They then fly to the UK for three tests and take on Scotland, England and then Wales, all of those games throughout November.
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