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Inglis heads ARU's wish list
By Bret Harris
September 14, 2006 THE Australian Rugby Union is poised to make a fresh recruiting raid on the NRL.

Australia star Mat Rogers yesterday confirmed his return to rugby league after the Rugby World Cup in France next year and fellow New South Wales Waratahs back Lote Tuqiri also signalled he may follow suit.


The ARU reportedly has its eyes on outstanding Melbourne Storm try machine Greg Inglis, who has the size, speed and skill to be an ideal outside centre in Test rugby.

At the same time the ARU is set to make retaining Tuqiri a priority.

The ARU will save more than $500,000 a year on Rogers's contract, which it would be able to reinvest in another quality rugby league player.

Sydney Roosters utility Craig Wing and Parramatta winger Jarryd Hayne have also been mentioned as potential targets, but Inglis is believed to be the player the Wallabies want most.

The major sticking point in any approach to Inglis, 19, is the fact he is contracted to the Storm until the end of 2009.

Asked whether rugby was interested in Inglis, ARU high performance manager Pat Wilson said: "Greg Inglis is a young, elite athlete who is performing at the highest level.

"I think he's contracted for another two years. If we were approached, we might have some interest."

The ARU will do everything in its power to stop Tuqiri from going back to rugby league. Tuqiri played for Brisbane Broncos before switching codes in 2003.

"I'm not going to say 'no I won't (switch back)'," Tuqiri told Channel 9 last night.

"It'll always be in my blood, always a part of me, so yes, I probably would like to play (league) again."

Tuqiri, who turns 27 in nine days, will be a key player for the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup in France and would potentially still be an integral member of the team in the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Unlike Rogers, Tuqiri is expected to talk to both the ARU and NRL next year before making a decision on his future.

The ARU's attitude towards Rogers is different, largely because of his age. Wilson said the ARU understood Rogers' reasons for going back to rugby league with expansion team Gold Coast Titans and wished him well.

It is understood one of the reasons Rogers decided to quit rugby union is because of his frustration of sitting on the bench for the Wallabies.

In his eight Tests this year Rogers has amassed just 3.5 games of playing time.

Rogers started at inside centre in the first three Tests of the year against England (two) and Ireland. However, he has played only about one hour of rugby in five appearances off the bench in a three-month period.

Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer, who coached Rogers at the Waratahs when he crossed over in 2002, believes he has been under-utilised.

"He could have got a bit more time," Dwyer said. "He's played quite well and he has been effective. He has won games when he has come on late. I often wonder about impact players. Why can't they make an impact early in the game? There is no doubt Rogers has the ability to be a starting player. I'd rearrange things to find a spot for him."

Rogers will get an opportunity to get more game time when he challenges Stephen Larkham for the starting five-eighth position on the Wallabies tour of Europe in November.

Source: Foxsports
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warriorfaithful*_old

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Inglis is good for the game of league and for that reason i hope he doesnt jump to union.
 

blez_old

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warriorfaithful* said:
Inglis is good for the game of league and for that reason i hope he doesnt jump to union.

Yup, exactly, it would be a real shame to see him go to the dark side.
 

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blez said:
warriorfaithful* said:
Inglis is good for the game of league and for that reason i hope he doesnt jump to union.

Yup, exactly, it would be a real shame to see him go to the dark side.

Agreed. It's speculation at best, though. (As to whether or not he will jump - not as to whether or not he will be approached.) They haven't quoted Inglis stating his intentions either way.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Jesbass said:
blez said:
warriorfaithful* said:
Inglis is good for the game of league and for that reason i hope he doesnt jump to union.

Yup, exactly, it would be a real shame to see him go to the dark side.

Agreed. It's speculation at best, though. (As to whether or not he will jump - not as to whether or not he will be approached.) They haven't quoted Inglis stating his intentions either way.

Yep everyone right. It would be a shame if he did leave and I hope not. He's a damn fine player at league and would be an unfortunate loss. But at the moment this is just one side of the story so who knows.
 

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