‘Mystery’ Wallabies deal for Crusaders kingpin

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‘Mystery’ Wallabies deal for Crusaders kingpin

New Zealand Rugby have offered a mystery deal to Rugby Australia, in return for releasing Crusaders back-row Pete Samu to play for the Wallabies.


Samu was not named in the Wallabies June squad on Wednesday night but coach Michael Cheika said there was a

The 26-year-old is Test eligible for both New Zealand, by residency, and Australia, by birth, and a two-year Super Rugby deal with the Brumbies made him immediately eligible for the Wallabies’ upcoming June Series against Ireland.

Under New Zealand’s contracting rules, any player required by a Test team that is also eligible for New Zealand must be released by NZR, something that they are yet to do for Samu.

NZR released a statement on Thursday saying they had offered a proposal to Rugby AU regarding Samu.

“We put a proposal to Rugby Australia early today, that would allow Pete Samu to be available for June and the Rugby Championship,” the statement read.

“Rugby Australia is currently contemplating this proposal.”

Though they didn’t release any details of the proposal, there have been suggestions NZR are after monetary compensation to release Samu to the Wallabies.

NZR recently reluctantly released Hurricanes captain Brad Shields to play for England, while last year Rugby Australia let Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax join the Hurricanes a season earlier than planned, despite his dual eligibility.