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David PocockWallabies flanker David Pocock could become the world’s highest-paid rugby player if he accepts a suggested multi-million dollar deal to play in England.

According to Britain’s The Daily Telegraph, English club Wasps have contacted Pocock’s representatives and indicated they’d be prepared to offer the 27-year-old a package in excess of the £1.4 million ($3.1 million) a season that French outfit Racing 92 are paying World Cup-winning five-eighth Dan Carter.

Pocock is off contract at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season and is considering a one-year sabbatical from Australian rugby to study in the UK.

But the report claims Pocock is open to the possibility of playing in England having enjoyed his time in the country during last year’s World Cup.

Pocock is seen as the ideal replacement for Wallabies veteran George Smith, who is leaving Wasps at the end of the season.

Any deal will likely only be short term, with Pocock intending to play at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

His departure could prove costly for the Brumbies, who are losing Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore to the Queensland Reds and fellow international Matt Toomua to English club Leicester at season’s end.

It follows news fringe England playmaker Danny Cipriani will return to Wasps in a bid to revive his international career.

Cipriani played 95 games for the high-profile club between 2004 and 2010, before his brief Super Rugby stint with the Melbourne Rebels and most recently Sale Sharks.

The 28-year-old is hoping to impress new national coach Eddie Jones after missing the final cut for England’s World Cup squad.

-AAP

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  1. @cab:

    No tight 5… what you been smoking? For the first time in quite some time they have exceptional depth in the front row and locks…

  2. Only decent tight firwards they got are the inexperienced LH and the irreplaceable Moore – otherwise zip.

    Highninbottam should be the 3rd in what is the best loose trio in the world but cause their light 5 so kak, move higgy-baby or fardy to 4.

  3. fardy was arguably the player of the rugby championship last year. Extremely underrated player, they would never move him off blindside.

  4. Ledesma signed on. Oh guys, the wallabies have a couple of front row players and locks now. MAybe the exodus of some depletes them but they do. I worry about some of the quality and wonder how we lose to them.

  5. @cab:

    Nah mate… you just don’t know the players…

    Aus T5 monstered NZ in their test win… and ditto England during the world cup…

    Scott Sio/Moore/Kepu
    Rob Simmons/Kane Douglas

    That’s a staunch first choice T5… and then comes the new breed hard as nails props, hookers and locks… mixed in with some experience… and I won’t even mention the youngsters setting the NRC on fire… they’re sorted for 2018 and nobody has left for OS that cannot be included in the test squad…

    Tola Latu/Palotu-Nau/Albert Anae/Siliva Siliva/Pat Leafa
    Greg Holmes/Toby Smith/Allan Alaalatoa/Cruze Ahnau/Jame Slipper/Paddy Ryan/
    Rory Arnold/Caderyn Neville/Will Skelton/Sam Carter/Blake Enever/Steve Cummins

  6. @bryce_in_oz:
    have to disagree, those locks are pretty ordinary – douglas and skelton got nothing on bokke or kiwi locks.

    Sio looks like best LH prospect they’ve had in a decade, but jury still out on scrumming

    Only genuine worldclass tighthead they’ve had in the last 20 years in Moore. If there tight 5 was better, the ozzies would clean up, no question. Cheika has tried to concentrate on it , but they need some leagies to give some grunt in tight 5.

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