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Rich Clubs Chasing Koroibete

Naraiyawa, Namosi native Marika Koroibete is among players sought by rugby league clubs from around the world.
24 May 2020 14:58
Rich Clubs Chasing Koroibete
Wallabies wing Marika Koroibete. Photo: World Rugby

Naraiyawa, Namosi native Marika Koroibete is among players sought by rugby league clubs from around the world.

Koroibete’s agent Sam Ayoub, confirmed the Wallabies flyer is not ruling out switching codes again to rugby league where he forged his professional career with West Tigers and Melbourne Storm.

Ayoub confirmed to The Australian that his client had been approached by top NRL clubs as well as Japanese, French and English clubs.

Ayoub added that the reigning John Eales medallist hadn’t ruled out a return to rugby league because of Rugby Australia’s uncertain financial future.

“Both international and NRL clubs have made inquiries and at this stage we have discussed the inquiries with Marika, obviously we are conscious of his contractual obligations, but we also have concerns about what is happening in rugby circles,” Ayoub said.

“There is nothing untoward but we can’t dismiss the inquiries. He is the John Eales medallist so he is very well sought after.”

In September last year Koroibete inked a two-year contract extension to remain with RA and the Melbourne Rebels through to the end of next season.

The Australian understands over a dozen of the country’s best players have been sounded out by French, UK, and Japanese clubs, as the rugby union code in Australia faces an uncertain financial future without a broadcast deal beyond this year.

In the past month French clubs are understood to have approached a number of Test players, or their agents, including Waratahs backrower Jack Dempsey. One of the game’s rising stars, Queensland No 8 Wilson, is also being circled by French clubs.

Edited by Simione Haravanua

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