Vodacom Super 14

Baxter looks to Europe

2009-04-17 07:12
Looking abroad (Gallo Images)

Sydney - Australian rugby's most-capped prop forward Al Baxter said he was likely to play in Europe next season following a breakdown in contract negotiations with the ARU, reports said Friday.

Tight-head prop Baxter, 32, said talks with the Australian Rugby Union had failed and that he had told the national and NSW Rugby unions he intended to pursue negotiations with several European clubs.

Baxter, who has played in 64 Tests and two World Cups, said he had received three offers from European clubs before the ARU talks collapsed.

He said he hoped the ARU would reconsider its stance over the financial component of a two-year deal that would extend his Wallabies career to include the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

"We've come to an impasse. I have been getting a fair few offers from overseas in the past months," Baxter told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I'm hoping it doesn't come to that," he said.

"But this is getting close to my last contract, if not my last. So I have to start thinking about paying off a fair chunk of the mortgage, and ensuring that I have some money set aside for kids' schooling and things like that."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

If Super14 champs, the Bulls, had to take on Heineken Cup champs, Toulouse, at a neutral venue, which side would win?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.