ARU tables offer to Lote Tuqiri




The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has presented its financial and Super 14 offer to Lote Tuqiri, his wife Rebekka and Lote’s business adviser.

Pat Wilson, ARU General Manager Rugby Operations, said the offer was in line with financial agreements in place for Tier 1 Wallaby players.

‘It includes offers from the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds. In accordance with ARU protocols, all Super 14 Provinces are allowed to speak to and make offers, in conjunction with the ARU, to any player coming off contract,’ said Pat Wilson.

‘We are hopeful Lote now decides to stay with Rugby.

‘He has to weigh up the two Super 14 offers, consider each of their rugby programs, coaching support and infrastructure and make a decision.

‘The ARU wants to make it clear that the public speculation about the size of its offer to Lote has been incorrect and any reference to third party arrangements are separate to this offer,’ said Pat Wilson.

This offer is the second to Lote. An initial and higher offer by the ARU last November was turned down and subsequently withdrawn.

‘We expect a decision from Lote by close of business Monday March 12. We have made it clear to Lote that Australian Rugby’s offer expires at that time,’ he concluded.

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