Former All Black John Kirwan says he will play for European Super League
club Paris if the breakaway competition is outlawed in Australasia.
Kirwan was a signatory to a petition of New Zealand players at the World
Nines last week pledging support to News Ltd chiefs in the wake of the Federal
"John told me that if it means going back to the ARL, he would rather play
Super League for Paris - which would suit him from a family point of view," said
Auckland Warriors chief executive Ian Robson.
If the Warriors switch back to the ARL, the future of several players signed
directly to Super League - Marc Ellis, Mark Carter, Mark Horo and Aaron
Whittaker - would also be in doubt.
Former Springboks Tiaan Strauss (Cronulla) and Pieter Muller (Penrith) would
also be flung onto the open market and may play in Euro League.
Nathan Brown and Anthony Mundine, who had been boycotting St George training
in the hope of playing Super League this year, are expected to rejoin the
Dragons this week.
And others, such as Cronulla's Adam Ritson who has joined Parramatta, may be
forced to return to their former clubs. Brad Mackay, now at Illawarra, would
have the option of returning to Perth, for instance.
There is also the question of players at Super League clubs who were
transferred to Hunter and Adelaide for the greater good of the competition.
Rams forward Andrew Hick, for example, may be forced back to Cronulla in an