Peter Samu will join the Wallabies squad ahead of this week’s opening Test against Ireland in Brisbane after New Zealand Rugby agreed to release the flanker, Rugby Australia said Sunday.
“I want to thank New Zealand Rugby for their consideration in releasing Peter for international duties,” Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said in a statement after a deal between the two governing bodies ended a trans-Tasman tug-of-war over the Canterbury Crusaders back-rower.
“Our discussions were robust but fair and I’m pleased we’ve reached an agreement to allow Peter the opportunity to represent his country.”
Neither country has officially revealed New Zealand’s stipulations to allow Samu to join the Wallabies, but it is believed they had sought NZ$50,000 (US$35,000) to release the 26-year-old Australian-born player from his Crusaders contract.
The flanker will join Michael Cheika’s squad ahead of the first of three Tests against Ireland before completing his Super Rugby duties for the Crusaders this season.
Samu has already signed for the ACT Brumbies next year.
Samu originally played for Randwick in Sydney, before switching to Tasman in the New Zealand provincial championship from where he was spotted by the Crusaders and earned a Super Rugby contract in 2016.
rsm/grk/dh (Additional editing by Sean McMahon)
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