Radradra: No De­sire To Re­turn To Union

‘I’m not fo­cused on Rio. I’m fo­cused on play­ing good club footy here’

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Semi Radradra is buck­ing the trend of Fi­jians leav­ing rugby league for rugby union. He is con­tent to see out his NRL con­tract at Par­ra­matta and is not con­tem­plat­ing Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro. “I’m not fo­cused on Rio. I’m fo­cused on play­ing good club footy here,” Radradra said when asked if he wanted to re­turn to the sevens com­pe­ti­tion for the 2016 or 2020 Games.

The 23-year-old played all his ju­nior foot­ball in the 15-man game and played sevens for Fiji in 2011. But de­spite the news this week that Marika Koroi­bete was leav­ing Mel­bourne Storm to join the Mel­bourne Rebels in Su­per Rugby and Jar­ryd Hayne had left Amer­i­can foot­ball for rugby sevens, Radradra isn’t tempted.

“That’s their de­ci­sion,” he said. “For me, I like play­ing at Parra. Time will tell, but at the mo­ment I’m happy here.” Radradra has scored eight tries in 10 games this sea­son for the Eels. He said he in­tended to see his cur­rent con­tract through un­til the end of 2017 and hoped to ex­tend.

“If there’s some­thing there, I’ll stay. My man­ager will look af­ter all that off the field,” he said. “I haven’t de­cided about a switch back to rugby, to be hon­est. I love the rugby league en­vi­ron­ment. I’d just like to stay at Parra. I’m happy here.” Three weeks ago, Par­ra­matta’s third­party agree­ment woes were laid bare, with the need to shift a few play­ers for the club to get back legally un­der the

salary cap. men­tioned as pos­si­bly re­turn­ing to the sevens.

“I didn’t think about that. I didn’t think about the cap. I just wanted to stay here and play with the boys at Parra,” he said. Radradra is on his own mis­sion. He wanted to play for Aus­tralia and his scin­til­lat­ing form earned him a Test jersey against New Zealand on May 6. Now he has the Four Na­tions in Oc­to­ber and next year’s World Cup in mind.

“It’s a big goal for me to get picked. I’m start­ing to play good ev­ery week, so there’s a chance for me. I would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it — it would be an­other hon­our,” Radradra said. Know­ing how prized a sevens rugby squad place is, Radradra said Hayne’s in­clu­sion wouldn’t cause any im­bal­ance or re­sent­ment. “In Fiji, ev­ery­one loves to play sevens. But if there’s a spot for him, they’ll like him. He’ll bring some­thing new for

the boys.”

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