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Hewat may join the flow north

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Waratahs back three man Peter Hewat will not be held back if he is offered a big-money contract to head north at the end of the Super 14 or after the Rugby World Cup.

Hewat, scorer of 20 points in the Waratahs’ 25-26 home defeat to the Highlanders but also missing a late touchline conversion that would have handed his team victory, has one year left on his contract.

However, 2005’s leading Super 12 points-scorer has had a miserable campaign this year, and at 29, is unlikely to be called up into the Wallabies’ squad.

His current wages would triple if he were called to France or England, and his goal-kicking and game-breaking abilities would make him a target for richer northern clubs.

Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie told reporters that it would not be considerate to Hewat to retain him while he had no chance of furthering himself in New South Wales.

“There’s a human element in all this,” McKenzie said.

“I don’t think you want to be too bloody-minded about it.

“We’ve always had a philosophy to try to develop players for the national team and if it becomes clear that someone’s never going to play for the national team … and we’re not talking about a 20-year-old here.

“We’re talking about a guy that’s [almost] 30-plus and there’s some big opportunities for him.

“He’s had really serious offers thrown at him from overseas and he’s spurned those over the last couple of years – and rightly so because we’ve had him on contract.

“We’ll just see what the lie of the land is come Wallabies selection time.”

While Hewat’s future remains uncertain, the Waratahs announced the re-signing of young Test prop Benn Robinson for another three seasons.

 

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