Eh? I mean there are good signs.It's never going to happen. He has the same manager who leaks Tahs rumours for every league player who goes off-contract.
Do we need him? We have gun outside backs and hed hardly solve our fullback issues. No way to know if he can add those skills to his game. Bit of a gamble for a poor union.Eh? I mean there are good signs.
- He signed with Roosters over Souths who didn't allow a get-out clause
- He chose Samoa over Kangaroos and stated the opportunity to represent Australia wasn't closed. Specifically didn't say Kangaroos.
- House purchase in Eastern Sydney...
- Tedesco is urging Roosters to re-sign him before current contract is over, Roosters will want to keep Joey Manu too, both would command nearly 1 million and Suaalii doesn't really fit in there unless he plays wing? or centre? Rugby Australia could offer him more and fullback.
- Lions tour in 2025 and home RWC 2 years later is enticing.
- He had the opportunity to come to rugby for 2023 but could Rugby Australia offer with no Super Rugby deal or private equity deal signed? We now have the Super Rugby deal signed and likely private equity soon. Rugby Australia could table a more secure offer now.
- FWIW I don't think he or his manager has actually leaked any rumours to rugby, it's all people like me or journos stating rugby wants him.
No idea what his kicking game is like. Positional awareness. Decision making.Yes, he's a freak athlete. He could be better than Folau given he has a playmaking background. What skills does he need to add? He played rugby at school. He seems like a good kid - I don't think he's a gamble at all.
As far as I can work out Suaalii played Firsts at King's in year 10 and then sat out rugby in years 11 and 12 to play junior league. Not a good look.Yes, he's a freak athlete. He could be better than Folau given he has a playmaking background. What skills does he need to add? He played rugby at school. He seems like a good kid - I don't think he's a gamble at all.
Year 9 actually. He signed a professional contract with a sporting body and like any paying kid at the school he had the right not to play rugby. Neither he nor the school were happy that an outside influence forced that decision on him. You can trust me that he loved playing rugby and I feel he will again.As far as I can work out Suaalii played Firsts at King's in year 10 and then sat out rugby in years 11 and 12 to play junior league. Not a good look.
Happy to be corrected.
Could end up like the Vunivalu deal! What a complete an utter waste of money that was.. how do young guys at the Reds play with the bloke when they are more deserving of an increased contract and he is on huge money and either injured or looking completely uninterested. Apparently he is a poor trainer too. He should hand back his money and go back to NRL.I am pretty sure that Rugby Australia would only sign him on a long term contract. There would be no point otherwise.