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‘You always buy an asset, not a liability’: V’landys takes swipe at rugby

He is contracted with the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2024 on a deal worth about $675,000 in the NRL, but has been given the club’s blessing to explore a future in the game where he made a name for himself in high school.

The Roosters are trying to upgrade and extend boom rookie Siua Wong and impressive front-rower Terrell May. Crichton’s departure would help the club’s chances of keeping the duo.

Angus Crichton could be off to rugby union next year.

Angus Crichton could be off to rugby union next year.Credit: Getty

As a former Australian schoolboys and first XV star at prestigious Sydney private school Scots College, Crichton’s name has long been linked with a return to the 15-man game.

After landing the prized signature of Joseph Suaalii earlier in the year, RA chairman Hamish McLennan was vocal in identifying Crichton and South Sydney captain Cameron Murray as future targets. During his junior rugby career, Crichton played in the centres before moving into the number 8 position.

After missing out on Murray, who has re-signed with the Rabbitohs until 2028, McLennan is working hard behind the scenes to secure Crichton’s offer.

The Rugby League World Cup winner’s management said their client is reviewing the offer, with RA waiting for an answer.

Crichton’s Roosters teammate Joseph Suaalii has already signed a monster deal with Rugby Australia.

Crichton’s Roosters teammate Joseph Suaalii has already signed a monster deal with Rugby Australia.Credit: Getty

Crichton is still contracted at the Roosters next year, but there is a chance he may be released and would be free to join rugby in 2024 should he wish to.

The surprising element to the deal is it would see Crichton head west and play for the Western Force in Super Rugby Pacific.

The Force, under coach Simon Cron, are building a strong roster, with Wallabies halfback Nic White and five-eighth Ben Donaldson heading to Western Australia next year for a fresh start.

It would be a big move for Crichton, who grew up in country NSW and went to school in Sydney. He has played all of his professional career in the Harbour City.

However, the bigger talking point for rugby fans to accept is that game’s decision makers are splashing more money at a cross-code star when the Wallabies’ World Cup woes have prompted cries for investment in grassroots and pathways programs.

McLennan declined to comment.

Crichton’s offer is worth about $800,000 per season, said a source who did not want to be named because the contract details are confidential.

After spending a reported $1.6 million per year to get Suaalii to switch codes from 2025 onwards, the news will certainly raise eyebrows.


RA will conduct a review into the Wallabies after their dismal World Cup campaign that is likely to see the men in gold exit in the pool stages.

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