Dave Renee discusses Tupau’s rugby Australia deal and vacation in Japan



Taniela Tupau has made it clear he wants to take a break from the Reds to play in Japan and Rugby Australia seems ready to give him a rare break to invest in home soil at the 2027 World Cup.

Tupu was involved in a Rugby Australia media conference to celebrate RWC’s hosting rights on Friday and was non-committed to whether he would stay in the Australian frame for five years at the age of 30.

Of course, he has more pressure than a tournament five years away that clubs around the world are trying to seduce him.

There are fears that Tupu, whose contracts with the Reds and RAs expire after next year’s World Cup, could be lost abroad in a mega deal, but RA is optimistic that some concessions, such as those made in the past to Michael Hooper and David Pock, will be signed elsewhere. Could provoke him against.

“I think I have to make a decision in the next few months,” Tupu said when asked about his future.

“I am not sure whether I will be here with Australia in the long run or not. Australia is keen to keep me close for the next few years so we haven’t signed anything but hopefully there is something.

“I want to take a break from super rugby. If that means I have to go to Japan or something, come back with a rest, it’s up to my manager and Dave Renee and all those people to decide what is the best deal for me. “

He said he was not sure what would be involved with a break but he hoped he would return to the Super Rugby Grind feeling more refreshed than he had been since 2014.

But it is clear that the decision is weighing on his mind, even if he can find time for a joke.

“Who knows what I’ll do next year; Be it Queensland or Rockhampton, “he said with a smile.

Star Prop is currently missing due to a calf injury and says it will take a “miracle” for him to return to the finals. Most likely, he will get back to fitness just before the England tour.

Tupau was spotted by Renee as he spoke on Friday, and the Wallabis coach later expressed confidence that RA could retain his original man, with talks with Tupau’s agent to include a season overseas in a new contract framework.

“We are keen to keep Tanila. He is keen to stay and we have had a really positive discussion with his representatives, “said Renee.

“All those things are on the table around the Sabbath. After all, it’s hard to compete with money outside of Japan, so working with it can make it attractive and affordable.

“He’s a Heluva player with a real difference. We all love him and want him to stay so obviously we are trying to extend (his contract) beyond 2023. ”

The Reds are already in Auckland without him, trying to prevent three consecutive defeats in his absence.

It was a homecoming for the Reds and Wallace Center Hunter Paisami who went to school in Auckland and played with and against several opponents on Saturday.

It also gave the youngster a match that could be replicated in the Bladeslow Cup later this year, with the fight against code hopper and All Blacks aspiring Roger Tuivasa-Shake.

“I grew up watching Roger in the league, he’s crazy. I know he’s a good player and I’m looking forward to the challenge tomorrow. “

Payasami is returning after recovering from a shoulder injury. “Hopefully it will work tomorrow, but it should be good to go,” he said.

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