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Monday, July 27, 2009

Timana Tahu leaves Union to go back to Rugby League

Wallaby back Timana Tahu has walked out on Australian rugby union as he wants to return to rugby league with the Parramatta Eels, it was announced last week.

Reports have stated that Tahu was unhappy playing union, mainly based on the string of events that saw him spend much of his time coming off the bench.

He earned four Wallaby caps, but has now walked out on the remaining two years of his ARU and Waratahs contracts, taking a reported $100 000 pay cut in the process.

A league to union convert, Tahu had huge promise and the expectation for success in the 15 man game was high. He failed to deliver on his potential though, and along with a few injury problems, never quite made the impact most had hoped for.

When making the switch to union, Tahu was on the list of well paid and high profile league players who converted. Lote Tuqiri, Wendell Sailor, Mat Rogers, and Ryan Cross were all on that list. Cross is the only player that remains in union.

Waratahs officials said that there was little excuse for walking out mid-season.

"While Timana didn't get much game time, he was injured early on and when he did play more often towards the end of the year he showed some real flashes of brilliance," the official said.

"It was a tough back line to break into but the players thought highly enough of his contribution to award him our best back award for the year.

"But if Timana doesn't want to be here … then we're happy to work out an agreement, because you don't want players at your club who aren't committed. The disappointing thing is this is the second time he's said he's been happy in a code before switching that same week."

Time: 03:16



  • soft - but bad management is true

    By Anonymous aussierugbyfan, at July 27, 2009 1:12 pm  

  • I don't blame him.
    I agree with Kearns, the Waratahs kept him on the bench too much, how was he ever gonna adapt to the game if he wasn't allowed to play?
    When the finally just threw him on there in a desperate attempt to score tries, he preformed really well.
    But then Deans left him out of the match day squad, so why would he bother sticking around?

    By Anonymous Lennox, at July 27, 2009 1:45 pm  

  • i wouldnt stick around

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 27, 2009 4:27 pm  

  • think its allrite for him 2 go back

    By Blogger sebastian, at July 27, 2009 4:38 pm  

  • Bosh sit down that 13!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 27, 2009 6:50 pm  

  • union is better than league

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 27, 2009 10:52 pm  

  • Haha league is like a mix between american football and union... bringing together the worst of both sports. Union #1

    By Anonymous Tyson, at July 28, 2009 12:43 am  

  • haha, your an idiot. They're very similar sports.
    If you hate league, how could you not hate union.

    By Anonymous Bill, at July 28, 2009 2:52 am  

  • Meh... good luck to him. won't be missed too much, and I hope he excels at League.

    By Blogger granite, at July 28, 2009 5:36 am  

  • He'll be missed by the Waratahs, he was their most dangerous backline player by the end of last season, and that includes guys liek Tuqiri and Lachie Turner.
    Deans should have given him a bit more of a run.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 28, 2009 6:18 am  

  • league is pants

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 28, 2009 11:43 am  

  • He didn't seem like that much of an impact.

    As far as the codes, I've played both and I would say RL is much harder.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 28, 2009 9:41 pm  

  • I found union more fun, as a forward, but league was more brutal and more demanding in terms of fitness.
    There's alot more running, far more tackles and runs, i was constantly gasping for breath in league, whereas in union it's alot more forward friendly, not nearly as much running and plenty of rucks to hit.
    In league they get ten metres to line you up to, and as a forward hitting it up, that's pretty daunting.

    By Anonymous Bill, at July 29, 2009 1:49 am  

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