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Rugby raiders from Japan are trying to lure NRL stars abroad, including Newcastle Knights' Aku Uate


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#1 boxhead

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:40 AM



Foreign rugby raiders are once again circling the NRL's elite ranks - and the ambush is set to begin with Newcastle Knights flyer Aku Uate.

The NSW Origin excitement machine is among a host of representative players off contract this year; joining Johnathan Thurston, Jarryd Hayne, Robbie Farah, Mitchell Pearce, Jamie Lyon, Matt Scott and Todd Carney on a star-studded list.

Having grown up playing rugby in Fiji and as a schoolboy on the Central Coast, Uate was offered big money from ACT Brumbies and NSW Waratahs to switch back when he was last available, three years ago.

But Japanese and European franchises have since expanded their outlooks, and rugby union sources have confirmed Uate will be in their sights over the coming months.



Read more: http://www.foxsports...2#ixzz2JAvF2oxp

#2 boxhead

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

He should go and take his chances, It would free up another winger for SOO that was not so hot and cold.
I doubt he would not last one year in Japan.

Edited by AndyCapp, 27 January 2013 - 11:42 AM.


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

Doesn't this belong here :- http://www.totalrl.c...y-league-forum/

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#4 boxhead

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Doesn't this belong here :- http://www.totalrl.c...y-league-forum/


I don't know?
I thought that posts from both Leagues were being allowed here, it seemed a bit slow so I thought I would add some threads,
Could one of the Mods let me know? if it goes in the NRL thread I won't bother posting it as nobody looks there much from what I can see.
Sorry if I offended anyone.

#5 cookey

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Rugby league player offered employment - shock,crisis,disaster!!

#6 Pie tries

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

Simple supply and demand, let them bankrupt themselves. Message to Aus RL why not develop RL in Japan, oh how they would love it!

#7 walter sobchak

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

Simple supply and demand, let them bankrupt themselves. Message to Aus RL why not develop RL in Japan, oh how they would love it!

Japan and china is a huge market for the NRL, something to consider.

#8 boxhead

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

It is being looked at.
http://manly-daily.w...-boat-to-china/
http://www.abc.net.a...l-match/4257808

#9 boxhead

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

Rugby league player offered employment - shock,crisis,disaster!!


Its just a story that may interest some on a slow moving forum at this time of year.

#10 walter sobchak

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

It is being looked at.
http://manly-daily.w...-boat-to-china/
http://www.abc.net.a...l-match/4257808

NRL Pre-season trial matches should be held in places like china, Japan, US and potential expansion cities like Wellington, Christchurch, Perth, Adelaide etc. and in the NSW and Queensland country.

#11 deluded pom?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

I might have been bothered about a possible Uate defection if he was still Fijian.

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#12 Pie tries

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

From what I see australia is owned and full up with Japanese - surely they could afford to pay for one or two dev officers and exchange a few school/student games. Get some Jap TV execs to a state or origin game...that should do the trick !

#13 boxhead

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:59 AM

From what I see australia is owned and full up with Japanese - surely they could afford to pay for one or two dev officers and exchange a few school/student games. Get some Jap TV execs to a state or origin game...that should do the trick !


You remind me of someone that used to visit these boards, not Wigan Warrior :) someone before him. :)

#14 roughyedspud

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:00 AM

uate will do anything for money.....

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#15 Futtocks

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

Simple supply and demand, let them bankrupt themselves.


Unlikely, as the top teams in Japan are owned by large corporations like Mitsubishi. That's how they could pay players so much in the shamateur days - they were counted as company employees who just happened to turn out for the works team.

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