Mark Nawaqanitawase, Rising Wallabies star, ready to join Sydney Roosters in NRL, dealing a blow to Australian rugby

Rugby Australia’s emerging star Mark Nawaqanitawase may be leaving for the Sydney Roosters, a move that would be a huge blow for Australian rugby. Despite Rugby Australia’s efforts to retain him, Nawaqanitawase is leaning towards joining the NRL and meeting with Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson. The move is not solely based on money, as Nawaqanitawase’s estimated earnings in the NRL would be $600,000, and Rugby Australia has reportedly offered him a multi-year deal worth over $500,000 per season to stay. Should Nawaqanitawase choose to go to the Roosters, the move will serve as a reality check for Rugby Australia.