Australia's message to Eddie Jones after Wallabies extend win streak

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Samu Kerevi, pictured here after the Wallabies' win over Argentina.
The Wallabies need Eddie Jones to make Samu Kerevi available for international duty. Image: Getty

Dear Eddie.

We hope you are well and enjoying life juggling your England commitments with your work as consultant director of rugby at the mighty Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

As you may have heard, your old team – the Wallabies – are starting to build into something we hope will be long lasting and rewarding.

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They've won three games on the bounce for the first time since 2017, including two consecutive wins over the world champion Boks, and the fans are returning in droves and starting to dream big.

Coach Dave Rennie now has a clear picture of his best starting XV and is developing depth in all the key positions.

And, Eddie, this is where you come in old mate. Rennie is particularly keen on centre Samu Kerevi and wants to see more of him in a gold jersey. So do we all.

The only problem is he is contracted to your club, Suntory, and needs special permission to turn out for his country.

So, here's hoping you can have a quiet word in the ear of those in charge at Suntory and convince them to put country before club and release him any time we need him.

It's the least you can do. Yours sincerely – the Australian rugby public.

If we were Dave Rennie, we'd copy and paste and send the above letter to Eddie Jones and add a couple of kisses on the end to sweeten the proposal.

Kerevi is just the sort of player the Wallabies have been crying out for at No.12. He scored a try and threatened the Argentinian defensive line with every touch in Australia's scrappy and hard-earned 27-8 win in the Rugby Championship on Saturday night.

It wasn't pretty but it was effective and another important building lock in the renovation of this Wallabies side.

Kerevi - a big, powerful direct-running centre – was in the middle of everything good. One of his two early line-breaks led to a Reece Hodge try and he was on hand to accept a pass from centre partner Len Ikitau, another strong performer, to score Australia's second five-pointer.

"His ability to break tackles and get in behind the defensive line and create problems…I thought he was excellent," Rennie said of Kerevi.

"I'm really happy with him."

Samu Kerevi, pictured here in action for the Wallabies against Argentina.
Samu Kerevi in action for the Wallabies against Argentina. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Wallabies need to improve after scrappy performance

But this, it has to be said, was a rocks and diamonds performance from the Wallabies.

There was a lot to like – winger Andrew Kellaway was terrific, second-rowers Matt Philip and Izack Rodda worked tirelessly, Quade Cooper again had some nice touches, Hodge was solid and James O'Connor added value off the bench.

But there were too many mistakes and a lack of composure when the Pumas started to gain some ascendency early in the second half before falling away.

There was a time, not that long ago, when a win would have done us. Not now. Expectations are much higher.

Rennie said: "(I have) mixed emotions. Happy to win but we need to be better.

"Last week we were clinical. Tonight not as clinical.

"You've got to put them (the opposition) out of the contest when you get the chance.

"It gives us a chance to be grumpy through the review."

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