PHOTO FILE: Rugby Union – Premiership – Saracens v Harlequins – London Stadium, London, Britain – March 23, 2019 Saracens The Skelton celebrates the end Action Images / Paul Childs
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The former Australian lock has signed a two-year contract extension with Saracens from the British side after the World Cup in Japan had the chance of a Wallabies sweater.
The Wallabies coach, Michael Cheika, contacted Skelton on a number of occasions to try to return the second 6ft-8in (2.03m) ring to Australia after taking a double double and the Saracens European cup.
Cheika finally admitted the victory when he left 27 years of age from his World Cup squad named on Friday midst.
Skelton's deal will keep the 18-cap Wallaby in the club in London until the summer of 2021, effectively controlling it internationally.
Australia has a policy of only selecting players at home if they do not have 60 or more caps.
“I love being with the boys, the coaches are great and the main reason we stayed and enjoying your job is,” Skelton said in a team release.
“It was a great opportunity for me to stay here. This culture of hard working and wonderful people around me made an easy decision. ”
The World Cup begins on 20 September.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Edited by Peter Rutherford
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