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The Sydney Morning Herald

Breakaway club in Paris a possibility for Kirwan

Date: 26/02/1996
Words: 211
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: SPORT
Page: 27
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 Court decision.

"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 ARL competition.

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