Henry Arundell will become the first player to sign lucrative hybrid contract with the RFU - Ruck

Henry Arundell will become the first player to sign lucrative hybrid contract with the RFU

England wing Henry Arundell has declined lucrative offers from two Australian rugby league clubs, opting to focus on advancing his Test ambitions in union.

The 21-year-old made a stunning debut for Paris club Racing 92 last Sunday, securing a hat-trick against Toulon on the Cote d’Azur.

Arundell’s agent, Ryan Shahin, from Twenty Sports Group, stated, “Players of Henry’s caliber attract consistent interest. While we’ve received recent inquiries from NRL sides, Henry has not entertained or considered them in any way, and our response has been clear.

“Any reports suggesting a potential move to rugby league are untrue. Henry is eagerly anticipating the remainder of the season with Racing—and hopefully with England.”

Bath and Gloucester emerge as the leading contenders to secure the services of the England speedster, known for his impressive performance of scoring five tries against Chile during the Rugby World Cup.

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Nigel Owen’s law changes for 2024:

#1. Less TMO

Owens wrote: “We should aim for good performances that facilitate good games. In my opinion, perfect has become the enemy of the good because people are striving for a standard that is unachievable. A frustrating over-reliance on the TMO is one result of this fear of getting things wrong.

“Pressure is being exerted on referees by spectators, social media users, coaches, players, performance reviewers and referee managers. That is a lot of people scrutinising everything. I think we need to take a step back and make sure we pick up the things that matter.”

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