Perpignan free Luke Charteris to play for Wales against Australia
Last Updated: October 29, 2012 3:28pm
Luke Charteris: Cleared to play for Wales against Australia
Wales have come to an agreement with Perpignan which will allow lock Luke Charteris to take part in their final autumn international against Australia.
The second rower joined the French outfit in the summer and, with Wales' clash with the Wallabies falling outside the International Rugby Board's designated Test window, he looked likely to miss the Millennium Stadium contest on December 1 as Perpignan were not obliged to release him.
But Charteris will instead miss Wales' Test with Argentina on November 10 to feature for Perpignan in their Top 14 fixture against Biarritz, freeing him up to face Australia.
"We are delighted to have come to an agreement with Perpignan which will allow Luke to be available to be considered for selection for the Wallabies game," said interim head coach Rob Howley, who travelled to France alongside head coach Warren Gatland last month to begin discussions about the release of Wales' overseas contingent.
"This is a major step forward for us and shows that our trip out to France to talk face to face with the clubs has paid dividends.
"We have reached a compromise which allows Perpignan to have Luke available to them when they need him most, and see no reason why we can't build on this relationship in the future."