For NRL clubs with some spare cash in their salary cap, there may be a chance to invest in some potentially worthy talent in the next few months. The Rugby World Cup is around the corner and, as the major nations announce their squads, a small group of disillusioned Rugby players start to plan their futures.
For a Rugby player the RWC is the pinnacle, and, if their rhetoric is to be believed, one of the primary reasons why Rugby League players choose to defect to the 15 man game. Consequently if a player who is expected to be selected misses out on their countries World Cup squad, they often start to question where their professional future lies.
Former All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu and Wellington Hurricanes centre Ma Like