Rugby Union’s raid of rugby league talent is set to continue.
NRL star Payne Haas who currently leads the Dally M Medal leaderboard after a sensational start to the season has been the latest to be offered a mega deal by Rugby Australia to switch codes and play rugby union according to the Daily Mail.
Off contract at the end of 2024 the brilliant forward has been able to negotiate with rival clubs since November and that includes rugby union as well.
Haas has been key to Brisbane Broncos’ amazing start to the season as they finally look like Premiership contenders again but they face a tough battle to keep him at the club. He has a huge 27 Dally M points.
He has been offered a $1.2 million deal according to the Mail but some reports claim it could be as much as $1.6 million.
There is a hope in Union that he could be in the sport in time for the British and Irish Lions Tour as well as the World Cup in Australia in 2027 which is the driving force behind these pushes for talent with Joseph Suaali’i already signed and talks about attempting to bring Nathan Cleary to the sport as well as rugby union strives to raid rugby league’s biggest stars.
“Payne could definitely be wearing Wallaby gold,” Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said to The Daily Telegraph recently.
“We really like Payne. He has a strong rugby pedigree and it’s probably time for him to spread his wings and do something really special.
“The Broncos are great – but playing for the Wallabies against the British Lions would be even better. By playing rugby, Payne can see the world.”