Radradra: No Desire To Return To Union
‘I’m not focused on Rio. I’m focused on playing good club footy here’
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
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