All Blacks star TJ Perenara is reportedly considering a shock code switch to the NRL.
1 News reports that Perenara is “seriously considering” the switch after the Sydney Roosters contacted agent Warren Alcock.
“We are talking to NZR and other stakeholders who are approaching us,” Alcock told One News.
Perenara, an All Blacks halfback and former hurricane co-captain, chose to sign a short-term contract abroad at the end of last year to trade with Red Hurricane in the Japan Rugby Top League.
He has signed with New Zealand Rugby until the end of this year, and last year his Japanese sabbatical said in New Zealand “it doesn’t mean it’s over for me.”
But the great All Blacks Sir John Kirwan believes that NZ Rugby should think twice about signing the 69-cap All Blacks.
“You can’t re-sign Perenara. You can’t re-sign him,” Kirwan said in a breakdown of Sky Sports. “I love that guy, don’t get me wrong, but who do you want to keep?
“I think some young guys are coming, so I just think for the next World Cup [they need a shot]..You see, I wanted to sign him, but if I sign the young guys who will take us to the next World Cup, I think he will. [left out]..
“Thinking about TJ, he was a great servant of the game. [but] He is becoming a twilight in his career. And for me, there are people who are starting to build up to offer two more World Cups. “
In a perfect world, Kirwan added that Peranara would need to be re-signed upon return, but factors such as New Zealand rugby’s limited resources and future talent development need to be considered.
Even though his father Thomas is a junior kiwi and his cousin Henry is an NRL referee, that could be a factor in why Perenara is considering his options despite having no league experience. There is sex.
The Roosters are reported to want to play Perenara in Hooker.
TJ Perenara considering a shock cord switch
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