Swinton is facing the possibility of six matches on the sidelines given his poor disciplinary record. He was suspended for four weeks following a red card in his Test debut against the All Blacks in Brisbane last year.
Swinton will remain with the Wallabies, who have started a three-week preparation for the first Test of the France series at the SCG.
One of the new faces in that squad, Rebels back-rower Michael Wells, said his mindset was simple: to push for a Test debut.
“You’re not here to make the numbers, you’re here to make a difference,” Wells said. “So I’m not just here to enjoy the experience of being a squad member.”
Wells is the a Waratahs back-rower who won the team’s best forward award in 2018 before leaving NSW after receiving a disappointing contract offer.
Wells was influential in the side’s run to the semi-finals that year. Three years on, NSW are in crisis after going winless from 13 games this season.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a bit of a sting,” Wells said of his NSW exit. “It dents your pride a little bit and takes a bit to come back but, again, it’s easy to blame other people. It’s harder to reflect and look and say could you be better yourself.
“You can complain about it or move on. I probably was too slow to move on particularly in my first year at the Rebels; probably didn’t hit the ground running as much.”
Despite relocating to the Rebels, Wells harbours no animosity towards the Waratahs and wants to see them recover from their almighty slump.
“It’s disappointing they had the season they did,” Wells said. “I’d be lying to say I didn’t want them to do well. You want every team in Australian rugby to go well because of the current climate of the game. It’s always easy to talk negative. It’s harder to buy in as a collective.
“I think they’ve got the right pieces in place with a strong roster and a young roster coming through and I think this will be a great experience for them this year.”
Wells said there were some moments where he doubted if he’d ever get a look-in for the Wallabies.
“Potentially, I thought it might not happen for me,” he said. “But again it was just worrying about my job at the Rebels and trying to play the best I could and hoping that if I could string games together and do my role then it’d get rewarded via selection.
“For me this is the pinnacle of rugby in Australia and it’s where I always wanted to be.”
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