Former Wallaby Wendell Sailor has called for Rugby Australia to chase the signature of Sydney Roosters back-rower Angus Crichton.
A rugby union prodigy in his youth, Crichton represented the Australian Schoolboys team before he was snapped up by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The 24-year-old has been named in the New South Wales Blues squad for Wednesday evening’s State of Origin series opener at Adelaide Oval.
While the Roosters look to poach teenage prodigy Joseph Suaalii, the powerhouse club may need to free up space in their salary cap for the 2022 NRL premiership.
The cashed-up club has already started clearing the decks following their semi-final exit, with halfback Kyle Flanagan and forward Poasa Fa’amausili going to the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively.
With one year remaining on his three-year contract with the Roosters, Crichton could also find himself in the firing line, despite flourishing in one of his best seasons at Bondi this year.
Angus Crichton during a New South Wales State of Origin media opportunity.Source:Getty Images
Sailor has pleaded for RA to pounce on the opportunity and convince Crichton to return to the 15-player code.
“You know what I love about Angus Crichton. It’s not just what you see on the field, he does a lot of great stuff in the Indigenous community,” Sailor told Triple M.
“He’s unbelievable and from a really nice family.
“The ARU should be looking to get him back into rugby union.
“He’s a really good player and a lovely young man … the Roosters, what are you doing? Stop going after Suaalii!”
Since making his NRL debut in 2016, Crichton became a premiership player with the Sydney Roosters in 2019, and made his first State of Origin appearance in 2018.
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