Luke Jones claims that being snubbed for selection to the World Cup side last year had nothing to do with his decision to venture to France and ply his trade there.
He instead thinks that signing with Bordeaux will open up a route to his selection by the Wallabies for a spot on the 2019 squad.
Many observers consider the move one of frustration on Jones’ part. He naturally had high expectation of a job with the 2015 World Cuppers after the dominant season he had in Melbourne.
Instead, Coach Michael Cheika passed on Jones, who was chosen for multiple Super Rugby teams following a season where he led all the running stats for locks and came in second in other important metrics.
Cheika instead chose two locks with little or no Super Rugby experience: Dean Mumm and Kane Douglas.
Jonses’ snub is not the first time perceptions of a slight have caused good players to abandon the homeland. Matt Toomua ventured overseas when benched in favour of Matt Giteau for the 2011 World Cup.
That incident led to the practice known as Giteau’s Law, where overseas Australian rugby union player would be eligible to play for the national team without fulfilling the previous requirement of playing for an Australian team in the Super Rugby competition.