RUGBY LEAGUE: RADRADRA SNUBS

FIJI BATI – WILL REP­RE­SENT AUST IN MAY TEST

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Par­ra­matta Eels pow­er­house Semi Radradra has for­mally ap­plied to be­come an Aus­tralian Kan­ga­roo in a move that could pocket him a cool $AU160,000 ($ F255,000).

Radradra, 23, lodged of­fi­cial pa­pers with the Rugby League In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion on Thurs­day night. It would now seem cer­tain Radradra- who has turned away from his na­tive Fiji- will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the May Test against New Zealand at New­cas­tle’s Hunter Sta­dium. And The Daily Tele­graph can re­veal just how much Radradra stands to earn in a suc­cess­ful Kan­ga­roos side over the next 18 months. Radradra would re­ceive $AU20,000 ($F31,000) if he played in the May Test and a fur­ther $20,000 ($F31,000 for an­other Test against New Zealand this Oc­to­ber in Perth.

Later this year, Radradra could earn a whop­ping $AU50,000 (F$79,000) should Aus­tralia win the Four Na­tions tour­na­ment in Eng­land. That fig­ure would though drop to $AUD 40,000 ($FJD 63,000) should Aus­tralia be run­ners-up or $AUD 30,000 ($FJ 47,000) if the Kan­ga­roos miss the fi­nal. Next sea­son, Radradra could pocket an­other $AU20,000 ($FJ31,000 with se­lec­tion for the mid-sea­son Test be­fore the rugby league World Cup in Aus­tralia. Again, the Eels winger would earn $AU50,000 ($F79,000) should coach Mal Meninga’s team se­cure the pres­ti­gious World Cup. Pro­vided Aus­tralia win both tour­na­ments, and they will be favourites, Radradra could be paid $AU160,000 ($F225,000)— big

money on top of his lu­cra­tive Eels deal. There is a catch though. Should Radradra be over­looked for Aus­tralia, he could not then walk back and rep­re­sent Fiji. If snubbed by the Roos, Radradra’s rep ca­reer would be com­pletely stalled.

Fi­jian play­ers get paid a pit­tance com­pared to the rock-stars Aussies. Radradra would still though, un­der in­ter­na­tional rugby league rules, be in­el­i­gi­ble to rep­re­sent Lau­rie Da­ley’s NSW side. Radradra’s ap­pli­ca­tion to be a Kan­ga­roo is now ex­pected to be rub­ber-stamped by of­fi­cials in com­ing days. The in­cum­bent Aus­tralian wingers are St Ge­orge Illawarra’s Josh Du­gan and South Syd­ney’s Alex John­ston. Radradra would be a favourite to win a place on the wing. And as­sist­ing Radradra’s cause is the fact Aus­tralia’s in­cum­bent left cen­tre is Michael Jen­nings, Radradra’s Par­ra­matta team­mate. Both play on the same side for the Eels.

Radradra will line-up for Par­ra­matta in to­mor­row’s match against ri­vals and neigh­bours Pen­rith at Pirtek Sta­dium. The giant winger was on fire against Can­ter­bury a fort­night ago in a man of the match per­for­mance. Radradra has be­come a cult fig­ure for Par­ra­matta and may now en­joy the same sta­tus play­ing for his adopted Aus­tralia.

Semi Radradra

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