Rugby Australia is set to attack the NRL again, with Sydney Roosters backrower Angus Crichton being offered $1.6 million to switch codes.
This follows the Wallabies’ embarrassing exit from the World Cup in the group stage for the first time.
Crichton, 27, was a rugby star at Scots College in Sydney before signing for the Rabbitohs after finishing high school.
He then joined the Tricolors in 2019 and won a premiership under Trent Robinson.
The $1.6 million ARU contract is expected to run through 2024 and 2025.
Rugby Australia is set to relaunch the raid on the NRL, with Roosters backrower Angus Crichton (right) being offered $1.6 million to switch codes.
This follows the Wallabies’ humiliating exit from the World Cup in the group stage for the first time (pictured, coach Eddie Jones)
His current contract with the Roosters – which ends next year – is believed to be worth $675,000 per season.
The Roosters should not stand in Crichton’s way if he seeks a new sporting challenge in the 15-a-side game.
Extending rookie Siua Wong and front-rower Terrell May would be a priority, and if Crichton seeks a release, it would help the Tricolors retain the talented pair.
Crichton was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder in February and was sidelined until April.
If Crichton leaves the NRL he will not play for the NSW Waratahs along with current teammate Joseph Suaalii, who has signed a monster $1.6 million per season contract with the ARU from 2025.
It is understood that Crichton will instead turn out for the Western Force in the Super Rugby Pacific competition under highly regarded coach Simon Cron.
Wallabies halfback Nic White and five-eighth Ben Donaldson are two big names who have confirmed they will be heading to Western Australia next season.