WIGAN are to chase St George Illawarra and NSW five-eighth Jamie Soward, The Mole reveals in Rugby League Week.
Soward is under contract next year and the Dragons want to keep him but are under salary cap pressure. The Mole writes that Soward could ask for a release. Agent Sam Ayoub says: “Jamie isn’t going anywhere at this stage.”
Elsewhere in RLW, former New Zealand captain Hugh McGahan has slammed Australia’s selection of James Tamou for the Anzac Test.
“It’s crazy – it makes a joke of the game at international level,” McGahan tells League Week.
“It’s just plain silly for a bloke to go from being a Kiwi one year to an Aussie the next and a lot of people in the game must be wondering what’s going on. I bet there are plenty of Aussie front rowers who aren’t impressed either.”
But Kiwis skipper Benji Marshall says retribution against Tamou won’t be on the agenda at Eden Park tomorrow night.
“We probably got caught up in a little bit of scuffling and our attitudes weren’t good enough (during the Four Nations), in terms of discipline,” Marshall says. “We can’t afford to get caught up in that again.
“I mean, we are representing our country and the expectation from home is massive. We just have to fulfil that and not let each other down.”
And Manly could be about to lose hooker Matt Ballin and prop Darcy Lussick to rival clubs. Lussick rejected an offer from the club last week.
“Manly face some challenges and it’s a real difficult question to ask me because I don’t write the cheques or manage their cap,” Ballin’s agent, George Mimis, says.
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