New Zealand All Blacks boss Ian Foster has taken a swipe at TJ Perenara for his failed move to the NRL.
Foster spoke in a press conference after naming his squad for the Rugby Championship.
Perenara was included for the first time since returning from Japan, with Foster unhappy with the number nine’s dealings, Stuff NZ has reported.
Whilst the Kiwi was playing for the NTT Red Hurricans in Japan, the scrum-half was linked with NRL side Sydney Roosters with as the star was coming off contract at the end of 2021.
Despite those apparent negotiations, Perenara re-signed with New Zealand Rugby. And, Foster said “he wasn’t personally over-impressed that that played out publicly,” with Perenara’s dealings a possible negotiation ploy.
“I didn’t really know whether TJ was serious with the NRL or not,” Foster said.
Perenara didn’t stay quiet either and responded later that day.
“We were genuine in all discussions, it wasn’t a ploy,” Perenara said.
“The decision to come back to New Zealand was a really tough decision because of how close we were to going to the NRL and back to Japan.”