GAGR Exclusive: Aussie Sevens' Nick Malouf sets sail for Leicester - Green and Gold Rugby
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GAGR Exclusive: Aussie Sevens’ Nick Malouf sets sail for Leicester

GAGR Exclusive: Aussie Sevens’ Nick Malouf sets sail for Leicester

Australian Sevens stalwart Nick Malouf has signed a one-year deal with the Leicester Tigers in the U.K’s Aviva Premiership.

Malouf departed the Sevens campus at Narrabeen this week after four years, 30 tournaments and an Olympic Games campaign in Australian colours.

Malouf made his debut in 2012 under Michael O’Connor and was one of the last remaining veterans of the O’Connor era of Australian Rugby Sevens.

A 186cm, 98 kilogram front rower in the shortened form of the game, Malouf will likely transition into the centres or wing in a powerful Leicester backline in 2017/18.

The 24-year-old Brisbane product will link with former Wallabies Peter Betham and Matt Toomua as well as England stars Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Manu Tuilagi.

Under the guidance of ex-Queensland Reds assistant Matt O’Connor, Leicester finished 13th in the European Champions Cup and appeared in the domestic Semi-Finals in 2016/2017.

Malouf is the latest in a string of fringe Super Rugby players to search for the greener pastures of Rugby contracts overseas.

While Super Rugby teams are restricted to a $5M salary cap not inclusive of national team top-ups, teams in the Aviva Premiership operate with $12M AUD with which to recruit and retain talent.

The French Top 14 competition is capped to $14.7M per team while the Japanese Top League is restricted only by the desires of the mega-corporations financing the teams.

Players departing Australian Rugby in 2017 (30 June)

Nick MALOUF (Aussie Sevens -> Leicester Tigers, England D1)
Saia FAINGA’A (Brumbies -> London Irish, England D1)
Scott FARDY (Brumbies -> Leinster, Ireland – Pro 12)
Jordan SMILER (Brumbies -> Suntory Sungoliath, Japan D1)
Chris ALCOCK (Brumbies -> Kamaishi Seawaves, Japan D2)
Francois VAN WYK (Force -> Northampton Saints, England D1)
Ben TAPUAI (Force -> Bath, England D1)
Luke MORAHAN (Force -> Bristol, England D2)
Jack DEBRECZENI (Melbourne Rebels -> Honda Heat, Japan D2)
Mitch INMAN (Melbourne Rebels -> Oyonnax, France D1)
Dominic DAY (Melbourne Rebels -> Saracens, England D1)
Jake SCHATZ (Melbourne Rebels -> London Irish, England D1)
Ben MEEHAN (Melbourne Rebels -> London Irish, England D1)
Leroy HOUSTON (Queensland Reds -> Bordeaux-Begles, France D1)
Scott GALE (Queensland Reds -> Kamaishi Seawaves, Japan D2)
Jamason FA’ANANA-SCHULTZ (Waratahs -> Auckland, New Zealand D2)
Will SKELTON (Waratahs -> Saracens, England D1)
Rob HORNE (Waratahs -> Northampton Saints, England D1)

Paul ASQUITH* (Southern Districts, NSW -> Scarlets, Wales – Pro 12)

  • Dud Roodt

    While none of those names leaving are huge names (save for Fardy) – it’s still incredibly concerning the sheer numbers of that next-to-elite-level departing as that level is so important to the SR teams.
    The real loss for me is Jack Debreczeni. I hope he’s young enough to go away for 2 years, come back and still become the player we all hope (and I think know) he can be.
    I wish he was going somewhere to better his rugby though

    • Huw Tindall

      Yeah I don’t think anyone has come back from Japan a better player. At least Pro 12, AVIVA Premiership and Top 14 have some top quality games and new NH tactics and styles to learn from.

    • Bernie Chan

      Luke Morahan is a loss to Oz rugby…has pace, a good’1-on-1′ tackle and also can kick. Still young but has shown he can handle fullback, wing and outside centre with aplomb. Alas the Reds let him leave and Cheika undervalued his talents…could have the perfect bench cover for the outside backs.

  • Brumby Runner

    I think Ant Faingaa is also off somewhere in Japan.

    • Pearcewreck

      But dissapointed Alcock is going.

  • Pearcewreck

    Disappointed Nick Malouf is going to Leicester, I mean, mate, at least go to a decent team like Wasps.

    • Darren Glover

      How can you say Tigers aren’t a decent team . Check their trophy cabinet before ya slag em off mate

      • jamie

        trophies are only indicative of past performance. Not current season results ;-)

  • Huw Tindall

    Almost a match day squad of what would be decent NRC and even Super Rugby players. Sure some are aging warriors who deserve the European retirement package e.g Fardy, Saia, Horne, but too many youngsters and fringe players such as Skelton, Meehan, Alcock and Debreczeni. Tough times.

  • James Concar

    Factual error, Peter Betham has left Leicester Tigers for Clermont Avernge so wont be linking up with Nick Malouf.

  • SuckerForRed

    And adding this to the list already playing overseas………. sigh

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Nic is a freelance journalist who first tried his hand writing for Green & Gold Rugby as a schoolboy. Five years on, Nic is our resident expert on Brisbane’s local rugby scene not named RugbyReg. In April 2018 Nic releases his first book, the official biography of Waisale Serevi entitled 'Waisale Serevi: The King of Sevens'.

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