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Australia’s The Courier Mail says that Australia’s provincial sides have vented their frustration at the Australian Rugby Union after being issued with a list of players on restricted training ahead of next season’s Super 14.


Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie is said to be baffled that outstanding young hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau is one of those identified, despite playing only 2′ games in the past seven months.


“How does Tatafu improve if he doesn’t play?” McKenzie questioned.


“We have two of the identified up-and-coming front-rowers in Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson.


“And given Australia’s scrum woes, it seems ridiculous we are trying to minimise the number of games they are going to play heading into a World Cup year.”


The ARU edict means those players on restricted duties can’t play trials and have to miss one Super 14 game.


They must concentrate on strength and conditioning work, with 60 minutes of skills each week.


The Force and the Reds have also been left bemused as to the reasoning why some of their players have been placed in cotton wool.


“We are really confused by it. You can’t get any logic as to who and why,” said Peter O’Meara, the chief executive officer of the Force.


O’Meara can’t understand why the Force has to rest Drew Mitchell who played nine Super 14 games, one match against Fiji and then two matches on the Wallabies tour.


“We are in a position where we have to put out pretty much a new backline next year with Cross, Giteau and Mitchell. And they won’t have played a game together before we play the Highlanders in the first round,” O’Meara said.


Queensland coach Eddie Jones wanted to know why two of his players were included.


“Greg Holmes didn’t go on the tour and Hugh McMeniman played eight minutes,” Jones said.


“I am still trying to work out why both of those guys need restricted training.


“I am unclear about the whole process.”

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