Philip hopes short stay in France will increase chances of testing

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The rebels lock Matt Philip thinks that a short stay in France will give him the point of difference to push again the selection of Wallabies.Philip played three tests for the Wallabies in 2017, but has been on the sidelines for the past two years.

With a crowd of second rowers who have moved in the past year, the door is opened for the locks in Australia to progress in hierarchical order.

Out of contract this season, Philip signed a one-year contract with Pau, the Top 14, which he hopes will eventually expand his file for a position at the Wallabies

“I am leaving for a short stay abroad, which is locked up, but I will be available for the Super Rugby and Test matches at the end of this year and I hope to come back at the end of the Super Rugby season from next year and be available for next year’s test matches.

“I will not be involved in Super Rugby next year but I hope to be back for the next season. ”

Philip and the rest of the Australian professional players have suffered major salary cuts this season in the midst of the coronavirus shutdown, but he said the move was not about the money.

“This season, I have been involved in Wallabian teams but in the past years, I have been on the sidelines and I am looking for a point of difference,

“I think going abroad for a short time will give me a point of difference, it’s an old competition quite difficult and I think it will be beneficial in this regard. ”

Philip has already been on the Wallabies’ radar this year and said Wallabies coach Dave Rennie had been in touch.

“I spoke with Dave, I got comments from him and it’s really good,” he said.

Before focusing on 2021 and moving to the other side of the world, Philip should be closer to home than ever.

The Rebels will host the Reds at Brookvale Oval in Manly Friday evening, opposite Philip alma mater St Augustine’s College.

Philip remembers sneaking into the NRL field at lunchtime to play touch football and is looking forward to playing on the Northern Beaches field.

Philip said the Rebels’ attackers were happy with their performance at Canberra, but expect another tough encounter against Queensland.

The Rebels will host the Reds on Friday July 10 at Brookvale Oval, kicking off at 7:05 p.m. AEST, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy your tickets here. Buy a Kayo subscription here.

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