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'If I'm going to give union a crack': NRL star Angus Chrichton's rugby ultimatum

By AAP
Angus Crichton of the Roosters looks on during the round 11 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters at BlueBet Stadium on May 12, 2023 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Angus Crichton has revealed it is almost a case of now or never for him to make a code switch, with the Sydney Roosters star admitting he is still attracted to rugby union.

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Off contract at the end of 2024, Crichton wants to decide in coming weeks if he is to stay in the NRL or pursue rugby options overseas.

Linked to a move to the 15-man game last year before negotiations with Rugby Australia fell apart, the 28-year-old insists he still has no clear preference on what he plays in 2025.

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“I need to do what’s right for myself and I am coming to the age now where I am coming into my prime … I turn 28 this year,” Crichton said.

“I think if I was going to jump codes it will be in the next little bit.

“If I am going to go over and play union I don’t want to go over washed up and waste anyone’s time.

“If I’m going to give union a crack I want to give it a good crack and I want to dominate that.

“If it’s the right opportunity I’m open to it.”

Crichton, an Australian schoolboys rugby union player, said there were still several things to weigh up before making a call, including what would make him a better player and person.

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But he is also keen for the experience, with the idea of new environments and people a lure.

“I’m definitely open to (rugby in) Europe,” Crichton said.

“One of my best mates (Jack Maddocks) is playing over in the Top 14 at the minute and one of my other best mates (Sione Tuipulotu) is playing over for Glasgow.

“Sione’s been playing for Scotland, and will hopefully play for the Lions.

“And I’ve visited (Jack) a few times in the south of France and it’s pretty cool, the whole set up.”

If Crichton is to stay in the NRL, he would instantly become one of the hottest prospects on the market.

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Roosters coach Trent Robinson said on Wednesday that the club was yet to decide if they would hold onto Crichton, who is on a deal worth close to $675,000 a year.

And while Crichton is open to playing elsewhere, he said he would prioritise premiership chances over money.

“If rugby doesn’t get to where I want it to get to and the NRL is still a better option for myself and my future, I’m definitely happy to stay in the NRL,” Crichton said.

“But if I am staying in the NRL you want to be winning.

“If I was to leave the Roosters I would want to go to another great club that’s a premiership threat, I wouldn’t want to go and try to chase money.”

Meanwhile, the Roosters confirmed a contract extension for Lindsay Collins on Thursday, keeping him at the club until 2028.

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