Speculation has arisen that Joseph Suaalii’s $5 million contract with Rugby Australia may be cancelled, as it is reported that the rugby powerbrokers who offered the contract are having second thoughts. The deal may be further complicated by the source of the funds for Suaalii’s $1.5 million-per-season salary. It has been reported that the Rugby Foundation, a group established in 2015 to fund community and high performance projects, is paying a portion of the contract, while the other half may depend on the size of the next broadcast contract for the 15-man code. This news comes amid reports that Suaalii is welcome back at the Roosters after his contract with Rugby Australia expired. Roosters chairman Nick Politis is said to be considering offering Suaalii a deal to return to the club. This situation highlights the uncertainty surrounding Suaalii’s future in rugby.
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