Cape Town - Bordeaux-Bègles president Laurent Marti is unimpressed with the Australian Rugby Union over Adam Ashley-Cooper and Sekope Kepu.
Ashley-Cooper was called up by the Wallabies last week ahead of the
Rugby Championship, with the 32-year-old looking to add to his 114 Test
Marti however was under the impression that Ashley-Cooper would cease
playing for the Wallabies when he signed for UBB following the Rugby
World Cup last year.
"Yes, I'm annoyed. Adam had told me that he would stop playing for
the national side. He had the power to say no to his coach and his
federation... he should have told me when we were carrying out our
negotiations," Marti told Sud-Ouest.
Ashley-Cooper's contract at the club runs until 2018 but one Wallaby
has already ended his time with the club, with Sekope Kepu returning to
Australia to re-join the Waratahs after the end of the Top 14 season,
one year into this three-year deal.
Marti expressed his frustration with the way the situation had been handled by the ARU.
"I'm mad at the ARU," he said.
"We released Kepu when he still had two years remaining on his
contract. We haven't made a fuss about it, or demanded any compensation.
They were not very graceful."