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PostSubject: Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL   Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL Icon_minitimeThu Jul 23, 2009 3:26 am

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Timana Tahu has walked out on the last two years of his Australian Rugby Union contract and taken a pay cut to return to rugby league with Parramatta because he is miserable playing union - and the ARU is only too happy to let him go.

Tahu and the ARU were both caught short yesterday when news of Tahu's plans leaked out before the player had told the union. But an ARU spokesman said last night: "We were contacted by the Tahu camp late this afternoon."

There were two years left on Tahu's contract, which was worth a base $400,000 per year for playing with the NSW Waratahs, with bonuses of $11,000 per Test. His three-year deal with the Eels is worth about $300,000 per year, with the prospect of it increasing if third-party sponsorship deals can be arranged. However, the deal is not dependent on those third-party deals coming off.

Tahu was apparently prepared to take a cut in pay because he was sick of rugby after playing off the bench for much of the last Super 14 season and failing to make the Australian team this year. He previously played four Tests with the Wallabies.

It is understood Tahu has a clause in his ARU contract that frees him for release at the end of the year if he doesn't play any home Tests this season, and with him out of favour and injured there is no chance of him breaking back into the team.

But sources have confirmed the ARU wouldn't stand in his way anyway, because it is keen to save money, which makes it a win-win situation for them and the Eels, whose recently appointed chief executive Paul Osborne went after Tahu as soon as he started in the job.

Parramatta are waiting for Tahu's release to become official, so Osborne told the Herald he was not in a position to discuss the situation yesterday. But other sources said Osborne and Tahu were friends from when Osborne used Parramatta's training facilities several years ago and Tahu was playing for the Eels.

Tahu, 28, began his NRL career with Newcastle, but then joined the Eels before signing with the ARU at the end of the 2007 season. He played for NSW and Australia in league.

Tahu was scheduled to have a meeting with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and ARU high-performance manager David Nucifora yesterday morning, but did not show up. Nucifora and Deans assumed the meeting, which had been called by Tahu, was to discuss his recent form and where he stood with the Wallabies.

Tahu was also a no-show at the Wallabies training camp in Manly yesterday, with team officials explaining his absence was due to a shoulder complaint.

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However, Tahu's main injury problem is to do with his hand, and it is understood he needs surgery that will end his season.

For several hours yesterday after news got out about Tahu's impending move, ARU and NSWRU officials said they had received no notification from Tahu that he wanted to return to league. However, after Tahu finally made contact, the ARU spokesman said: "He is seeking an urgent meeting to sort out his future with the ARU. He's also advised the ARU he's currently nursing an injury that will preclude him from training for the next two weeks. So we'll get that meeting in place and see what transpires from there."

The meeting is expected to be held before the weekend and once Tahu is cleared, Parramatta will make their own announcement.

Rumours persist that the Eels would be prepared to let high-priced outside back Krisnan Inu go if another club wanted to buy him for next year, but the club doesn't have to discard anyone to fit Tahu in under the salary cap.

The club has been working with NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert on how to fit Tahu in and will simply back-end his contract, meaning he will receive more in the second and third years of the deal than he will next year. The club will further consult with Schubert before the weekend.

Parramatta have a number of high-priced players coming off contract at the end of next year, freeing up about $2 million in cap space.

It was the previous ARU regime that signed Tahu, three months before John O'Neill returned in 2007 to replace Gary Flowers as chief executive.

Tahu's departure will hit the Waratahs hard, especially as it follows Lote Tuqiri's recent sacking from his ARU contract for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

NSWRU chief executive Jim L'Estrange said last night: "We were looking forward to him [Tahu] joining us next year. Clearly, it would be disappointing news for us if he goes."
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL   Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL Icon_minitimeThu Jul 23, 2009 5:14 am

he was wasted at the tahs imo
never rated him tho, even in the nrl
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL   Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL Icon_minitimeThu Jul 23, 2009 5:41 am

Yeah...I think there is a universal "SO???" from the Union community Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL   Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL Icon_minitimeThu Jul 23, 2009 9:04 am

i think its good hes going back to league, never really did anything in union
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL   Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL Icon_minitimeThu Jul 23, 2009 9:50 am

it will be interesting to see how well he goes in league or if he has just lost the plot....
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PostSubject: Re: Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL   Unhappy Tahu Back in NRL Icon_minitimeThu Jul 23, 2009 3:47 pm

samthaman15 wrote:
i think its good hes going back to league, never really did anything in union

he never really got a chance imo...bit of a shame i spose but im sure the aru is happy not to haveta pay that 400K Wink
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