Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has strongly hinted that Reds starlet Campbell Magnay could be a surprise inclusion in the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup squad.
Cheika named 11 uncapped players in his extended 38-man training squad on Wednesday for the upcoming training camps.
And when Cheika was asked to nominate any young player in his training squad who was not just there for experience and may be in contention for the Bledisloe Cup squad selection.
“I’ve actually liked the touches that Magnay’s had since he’s come back in,” Cheika told Fox Sports Australia.
“I’ve had my eye on his form before and I’ve liked some of the touches he’s had since he’s come back. He’s big, strong, aggressive, fast and I want to take a look at everyone when they come in and get a look at it first hand.”
However, one spanner in the works is that Magnay has recently signed a contract with Japanese club Suntory, something that could put his Wallabies future in doubt if the ARU don't allow him to re-sign with Queensland for next season as reportedly hoped.
Pressed as to whether Magnay’s decision to go to Japan will count against him, Cheika said: “I don’t think so, I haven’t really spoken to him about it.
“I’ve had one chance to talk to him previously, but once I get a chance to speak with him, I’ll ask him why he’s doing that and where he sees himself in the bigger picture for rugby all around and then go from there.”