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Wallabies chase Sydney Roosters star Joseph Suaalii, rugby union, World Cup 2027

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has confirmed there is a big push to poach Sydney Roosters star Joseph Sualei, with the 18-year-old starlet considered the Wallabies’ front-runner.

Foxsports.com.au revealed a fortnight ago that Suali is on Rugby Australia’s shortlist of NRL players hoping to convince the Colts to switch codes ahead of the 2027 World Cup, with Bulldogs gunner Matt Burton also in their sights.

Suali was an outstanding schoolboy rugby prospect before he snubbed rugby to join the roster under the age of 18 – and the NRL changed the rules to make his senior debut under the age of 18.

He has been a shining light for the club in his second season, earning a place in the NSW Blues Origin squad this year.

Now McLennan has told The Australian that Suali is top of the Wallabies’ wish list.

“We were saddened to lose Joseph to the league, but if he and others want it, there is an amazing path to the 2027 Rugby World Cup,” McLennan said.

We have to do a private equity deal, we have to get money in the bank, but yes, we are targeting league stars.

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Roster’s Joseph Suali kicks the ball during the Round 16 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Bluebet Stadium in 2011. July 01, 2022 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCauley/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Suali has been stuck on the right wing for the Roosters but has made it clear he hopes to be the club’s fullback of the future – despite the standout of club captain James Tedesco and Kiwi international fullback Joey Manu.

“I’m happy to do anything for the team, whether it’s wing, centre, fullback, five-eighth – I’ll play anywhere,” Suali said a week ago. I’m behind the two best fullbacks in the game with Tedesco and Joey so playing fullback will be tough.

But when asked about the possibility of playing fullback for the clubs, Suali replied: “I love it here, and if I could I would be here forever – I love this club.”

However, despite having two years to run on his contract with Sydney, Suali’s contract reportedly includes an opt-out clause at the end of each season, allowing him to switch clubs or codes.

And with the 2025 tour of the British and Irish Lions and the 2027 World Cup on the horizon, there is hope that Rugby Australia can headline a repeat of the Wallabies’ 2003 World Cup – with a host of league stars on board for the domestic tour. .

In that competition, Wendell Sailor, Lotte Tuqiri and Matt Rogers all featured from the Wallabies and each was poached from the NRL.

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Seaman told The Australian that Suali is ‘unthinkable’ for the Wallabies.

“I’ve seen what he’s done for the Roosters this year and he’s a next level tool,” Sailor said.

“Yeah, I think like anything, rugby union,[they]have to be very smart people they follow… but I think it’s just Suaalii, he has no idea.

“He’ll play anywhere in that Wallabies back line… you can build a team around him and he can be there for a long time in either code.

But obviously, the Walleyes shouldn’t have lost to England this year, but if you have someone like[Suaalii]he’s your X-factor. You pay your money for your X-factors. He already proved himself, making the New South Wales Origin team at the age of 18.

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