NZR wants cash or Samu stays
CRUSADERS flanker Pete Samu appears to have lost his chance to play for Australia against Ireland this month after New Zealand Rugby said its demands for his release hadn’t been met.
Neither country has officially revealed New Zealand’s stipulations, but it is believed the Kiwis sought NZ$50,000 ($46,000) to release the 26-year-old Australian-born player from his Crusaders contract.
NZR’s head of professional rugby, Chris Len- drum, said in a statement the issue hadn’t been resolved.
“We have attempted to resolve this matter in good faith but our proposals have not been accepted,” Lendrum said. “New Zealand Rugby remains open to resolving the issues.”
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika could not fathom why money was stopping Samu playing for his country of birth. “The kid’s very keen to play for Australia. I feel a bit for him too, it’s a national call-up, first time.”