They need to get it done ........ and without 74 get out clauses.Posted in another thread, but here's the bit you're after:
Sport Confidential: Manly move to shut down Rugby poaching raidThe Sea Eagles face a fight to keep a rising star, as Eddie Jones’ plans to raid rugby league ramp up.
Manly have tabled a two-year extension for Tolutau Koula aimed at warding off approaches from the Australian Rugby Union.
Koula, named in the centres for Manly’s season opener against Canterbury at 4 Pines Park on Saturday, is already under lock and key until the end of 2024.
The Sea Eagles have now moved to lock him up until the end of 2026 as part of a plan to keep the young star out of the clutches of the Australian Rugby Union and Wallabies coach Eddie Jones .
Jones has made no secret of his plans to raid the rugby league ranks for players with rugby union pedigree in the lead-up to the 2027 World Cup – Koula attended Newington College and was selected in the Australian schoolboys squad alongside Sydney Roosters sensation Joseph Suaalii.
Suaalii is another on the ARU’s hit-list – he has an option in his contract for next season at the Roosters and is expected to extend his stay for at least another year.
The ARU is attempting to sign some of rugby league’s brightest stars with a bulging war chest and the lure of the British and Irish Lions tour in 2025, and the World Cup two years later.
Koula has been on a rapid rise since making his first grade debut at the Sea Eagles under Des Hasler. The 20-year-old made his international debut for Tonga last year – he was a key member go the Tongan side at the World Cup – and will start in the centres against the Bulldogs on Saturday.
He is one of the players coach Anthony Seibold plans to build the club around in coming years.