Former Roosters player gets Scotland call up for potential meeting with boyhood hero Cooper

Australia’s former Sydney Roosters participant Charlie Savala has discovered himself homing in on a dream of taking part in rugby union for Scotland in opposition to the Wallabies after switching rugby codes and shifting to Edinburgh.

The 21-year-old Sydneysider Savala is included in Scotland coach Gregor Townsend’s 36-man coaching squad, certainly one of 4 new faces chosen forward of their autumn worldwide sequence which is able to function a Check in opposition to Australia at Murrayfield.

Although it’s nonetheless a critical lengthy shot that this novice flyhalf may make his Check debut in opposition to the Wallabies on November 7, Savala’s promotion has been meteoric contemplating he solely performed his first match for Edinburgh Rugby in March after an injury-disrupted first season.

Savala, who qualifies by way of his Ayr-born father Scott, switched codes and joined Edinburgh final yr after making the transfer from the Roosters, the place he felt he wasn’t getting sufficient taking part in time.

A wonderful sporting allrounder at cricket, basketball and soccer in his youth, Savala centered on each rugby codes and AFL as he progressed by way of the age grades whereas rising up in Sydney.

He attended the Scots Faculty the place, beneath the steerage of former Eire and Australia worldwide Brian Smith, he started to pay attention largely on rugby, in the end incomes choice for New South Wales.

Savala then switched to hitch the Roosters on a two-year deal in 2018-19 the place he was promoted to the senior squad earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

But when his alternatives dried up within the pandemic, he was noticed by a Scottish scout after returning briefly to Union with Jap Suburbs and took the gamble of a brand new profession in Scotland, the place he nonetheless has sturdy household hyperlinks.

Savala has been in comparison with Scotland’s gifted British and Irish Lions’ flyhalf Finn Russell for his attacking aptitude, telling the Scotsman newspaper: “I do love the best way he performs.

“He’s been the person I’ve seemed as much as the final couple of years. Going again it might have been Quade Cooper however shifting through the years, Finn’s the person.”

In April, Savala informed his Edinburgh membership web site: “It’s been a very rewarding however totally different expertise for myself over the previous six months.

“This time final yr I used to be working part-time as a labourer, taking part in rugby league and becoming my coaching in through the evenings.

“Shifting internationally to chase my dream would have been the very last thing on my thoughts, however I’m so grateful I’ve been capable of expertise this.”

Townsend has additionally named two South African-born gamers – flanker Dylan Richardson, who qualifies by way of his Edinburgh-born father, and prop Pierre Schoeman, who qualifies by way of residency – within the squad in addition to England-born lock Marshall Sykes, who has a Scottish grandmother.

Scotland will face Tonga on October 30, earlier than fixtures in opposition to Australia, South Africa and Japan on successive weekends.


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