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NRL: Benji seeking move to Japanese rugby

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Benji Marshall's manager is to seek an immediate release from the Wests Tigers star's contract so he can pursue opportunities in Japanese rugby.

Manager Martin Tauber has told News Ltd that in the wake of the NRL accepting Sonny Bill Williams' return to the game he is keen to explore Marshall's opportunities in the rival code.

Tauber believes the NRL's registration of Williams has set a precedent other players can pursue.

"It is probably something I will raise with the chief executive in the next couple of days, when they come back from their exhaustive camp,'' Tauber said on Wednesday.

"It's an opportunity for them to earn additional income that would set themselves up financially for the long term.''

The NRL has previously rejected players moonlighting in rival codes, but there is a growing belief that future moves to stop players jumping codes in the off-season might be a restraint of trade following the Williams precedent, the News Ltd report said.

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http://www.nzherald....jectid=10847527

Good move welcoming $BW back in.

And again.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/wests-tigers-star-benji-marshall-to-push-for-stint-in-japan/story-e6frep5x-1226516963667

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That news item does not surprise me: this is what happens when you pander to people with utterly enormous egos like SBW, who believe they are bigger than the game

the can of worms has been opened …

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Japan would be an interesting mkt for NRL to target. Japanese much better suited to RL than RU,significant rugby market already developed,lots of corporate support.

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How the hell can it be a restraint of trade? Surely in the off-season he still has responsibilities to his employer, and indeed has training (ie. his job!)

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let him go........the kiwis would actually be better off without him...

they could actually build a team around a PAIR of halves like foran & johnson.........instead of "magic" benji trying to do everything on his own and looking like a headless chicken doing it..

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let him go........the kiwis would actually be better off without him...

they could actually build a team around a PAIR of halves like foran & johnson.........instead of "magic" benji trying to do everything on his own and looking like a headless chicken doing it..

I think they are just talking about him doing a 12-week stint (Dec, Jan, Feb etc.) rather than throwing his League career away TBH

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How the hell can it be a restraint of trade? Surely in the off-season he still has responsibilities to his employer, and indeed has training (ie. his job!)

I totally agree, players are not contracted to just play the games. Otherwise why not have players playing RL on a Saturday and then RU midweek on a Wednesday.

Training, pre-season an friendlies are all part of playing for a club, I'm sure if I told my employer that I was not bothering with a training day as I could work else where , I'd be out on my ear.

The difference is if both clubs agree, just as with my employer if they agree to me doing another job that does not clash with my primary employer.

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Aye, in my mind this is different to the SBW situation, in that the union season he's playing is drawing to a close and he won't be playing league at the same time as he's contracted to play union, he's just lining up RL for after the union contract finishes, which is fine.

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