Rugby Australia are pursuing Joseph Suaalii with a multimillion-dollar deal that would see him observe within the footsteps of Israel Folau and Sonny Bill Williams.
The Roosters teenager earlier this month triggered his participant possibility to stay on the Tricolours in 2024, however the exit door stays extensive open for the top of subsequent season.
Leaving the NRL on the finish of 2024 to affix Rugby Australia would permit Suaalii sufficient time to organize for the British and Irish Lions sequence in mid-2025.
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The Lions solely tour these shores each 12 years and in 2027 Australia will host the World Cup for the primary time since 2003.
Representing Australia in sevens on the 2028 Olympics is one other carrot RA are utilizing as they attempt to recruit Suaalii on a deal value over $1 million per 12 months.
Folau famously joined the GWS Giants in 2011 after which the NSW Waratahs forward of the 2013 Super Rugby season, six months earlier than the final Lions tour.
Two years later he performed within the Rugby World Cup when Australia made the ultimate earlier than shedding to New Zealand.
SBW adopted an analogous path from the NRL to rugby, profitable the World Cup with the All Blacks and taking part in towards the Lions.
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It’s understood RA privately acknowledge that Suaalii is presently extra more likely to keep in rugby league, however they’re decided to swing his vote over the subsequent 12 months.
Fox Sports additionally understands RA are additionally cautious of coping with Suaalii’s agent Isaac Moses who is thought for utilizing golf equipment – and codes – towards every in his ruthless pursuit of getting his shopper the most effective deal.
Suaalii, 19, grew up taking part in membership rugby league earlier than balancing the code along with his rugby union duties on the King’s School.
The fullback performed for the Rabbitohs within the Harold Matthews Cup whereas additionally gaining choice in union consultant sides; GPS 1st XV, the NSW Schoolboys and Australian Schoolboys sevens.
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