Amid golfer Cameron Smith’s rumoured decision to take the money and run to LIV, Lalakai Foketi – the relatively unknown Test centre – showed that there are still some things in professional sport that money can’t buy. In his case, a Wallabies jersey.
The question, however, is for how long, particularly with chatter that Rugby Australia’s eligibility laws will be blown up for next year’s World Cup.
It’s understood in March that Foketi, 27, turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars for the chance to continue his career for the Wallabies.
With his career progression at the Waratahs slowed by injuries, he was offered a big contract worth more than $500,000 to join French Top 14 club Clermont.
He turned it down, but not long after fellow Australian Irae Simone took the money and, therefore, will unlikely ever play for the Wallabies again based on Rugby Australia’s new…