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Rugby Australia players revolt against reported NRL raids

12 Mar 23, 12:34PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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Rugby Australia’s attempt to lure NRL players to their code has been well-publicised but so far things are not going as planned.

The organisation’s main goal was to secure Sydney Roosters outside back Joseph Suaalii who played Rugby Union as a teenager.

However, their efforts were in vain as Suaalii has recently committed to the Roosters until the end of 2024 with his contract being up at the same time as club captain and fullback James Tedesco which will leave the tricolours with a big decision to make.

After missing out on Suaalii reports have emerged that Rugby Australia is now setting their sights on another NRL star that used to play the 15-a-side game in New South Wales State of Origin representative and Australian International Cameron Murray.

While Rugby Australia’s pursuit of Murray is ongoing it has been revealed that our nation’s current Rugby stars are disenfranchised by their governing body’s attempted NRL raid.

Rugby Union player-manager David Rawlings has spoken to The Daily Telegraph about the players’ reaction to this situation.

“The rugby players in general are sick of hearing about it,” Rawlings said.

“A lot of the boys are thinking, if they want NRL players, we’ll have to look elsewhere. It’s become a debacle.

“They’ve just lost Pete Samu to Bordeaux, who’s been in the rugby system for a long time.

“They’ll lose others as well if this keeps up and they only want to talk about NRL players.

“What about looking after your own?

“Loyalty works both ways.

“Look at the sacrifices the players have made in rugby.

“They all took a 50 per cent pay cut during Covid and didn’t get it paid back like the league guys did.”

Rawlings then went as far as confirming that he has been contacted by multiple NRL clubs about a code switch for some of his clients.

“The Roosters have told us they’d be keen to have a chat,” Rawlings said.

“A few other clubs have expressed an interest as well.”

One off-contract Wallabies player that could move to the NRL is Suliasi Vunivalu who is a two-time premiership winner with the Melbourne Storm.

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