Australia: Coach Dave Rennie acknowledges Fraser McReight’s stunning form

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Australia coach Dave Rennie has noticed Reds flank Fraser McReight’s stunning form in the inaugural season of Super Rugby Pacific.

McReight has earned a reputation as a hard-working player and leads the competition in turnovers won this season, forming a solid partnership with Reds number eight Harry Wilson.

Mindful of discipline

Rennie commended the flank on his form this season but believes McReight must be aware of discipline, given that he pushes the limits at the breakdown.

“I agree Fraser has been outstanding,” Rennie told AAP.

“His continuity game has just gone to another level, and as we know he’s very good post tackle although he needs to make sure he’s disciplined around that as he’s given away a few penalties.00

“He’s worked really hard on his defensive game so he’s doing everything he can.”

Rennie is delighted with the depth a player like McReight offers, particularly with veteran Michael Hooper performing immediately after an injury layoff.

“Guys like Fraser are massive for us, not just in the depth, but the quality of our Super games, our Super teams and our ability to be competitive,” he said.

“You want guys who are going to fight for a spot.

“We put a lot of emphasis on earning the right to play so Fraser was excellent last year, trained really well, while Hoops (Hooper) was phenomenal.”

Rennie will be able to use three overseas-based players and says that decision will depend on form and injuries.

“It’ll really depend on what happens over the next few weeks, so if we get a couple of injuries in one spot that’s going to become important for us and that may be the direction that we move in,” he said.

Reds playmaker James O’Connor has been outstanding this season but is sidelined with a knee injury. However, Rennie believes the veteran will be back and ready for the Test series against England.

“He’ll get a little bit of footy and he was playing really well leading into that … what we know is he’s trying to make the most of the time out now to ensure that medically when he’s ready to go he will hit the ground running,” Rennie said.

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