The Rugby Football Union are reportedly preparing to offer Henry Arundell a ‘hybrid contract’ after the player’s agent announced that he has rejected approaches from rugby league.
Australian media suggested on Thursday that the 21-year-old was interested in a move to the 13-man code, with his future currently up in the air.
Arundell is on a one-year deal with French side Racing 92 after London Irish’s demise left him without a club for the 2023/24 season.
Teams in England are in the race to bring him back to the Premiership, with Bath and Gloucester especially keen on signing the youngster according to the Daily Mail, but they do not have the financial power of Racing or the NRL.
The immediate concern for English rugby was whether they would lose one of their prized assets to another sport, but that appears to be off the table for the time being.
“Players of Henry’s calibre generate almost constant interest. Whilst we have had a couple of enquiries recently from…