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All Blacks Star TJ Perenara Could Be A Sydney Rooster By Next Month

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All Blacks Star TJ Perenara Could Be A Sydney Rooster By Next Month

The Sydney Roosters are closing in on their man.

According to the latest whispers, TJ Perenara could be pulling on the famous Tri-colours jersey as early as next month.

TJ Perenara. Credit: PA
TJ Perenara. Credit: PA

The former All Blacks star was linked with a move to the Chooks last week after it was revealed that New Zealand Rugby would not be resigning him following his stint in Japan.

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Rumours of the code switch sent Roosters fans into a frenzy with the team still desperate to fill the void left by Jake Friend.

But now reports from NRL.com suggest that Perenara "may arrive from Japanese rugby union next month."

Despite not having too much rugby league experience, Perenara would undoubtedly be a massive coup for the Roosters who are currently fifth on the NRL ladder.

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And at 29 years of age, the All Blacks halfback certainly has plenty of years left to give.

It seems Perenara is more than willing to do his homework too after it was revealed that he'd personally reached out to fellow New Zealander Brandon Smith asking for advice as well as footage of Penrith Panthers hooker Api Koroisau for him to study.

Very positive signs already.


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TJ Perenara. Credit: PA
TJ Perenara. Credit: PA

When the original news broke that the Roosters were interested in signing Perenara, Chooks fans seemed delighted.

And one person who backed the Kiwi to come in and do a job was fan favourite second-rower Angus Crichton.

"I've watched him play rugby and he's a class player," Crichton said.

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Roosters duo James Tedesco and Angus Crichton. Credit: PA
Roosters duo James Tedesco and Angus Crichton. Credit: PA

"With Jake having to hang up the boots unfortunately we are a few men down in that position of hooker so he would be great to have around the club.

"I'm a rugby fan and to have an All Black come into our team would be pretty cool.

"He will have to get used to making a fair few more tackles in rugby league than he does in rugby union but I encourage anyone who wants to make the switch across to have a crack.

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"It will be cool to get Sammy back in the mix and if TJ comes along that is an added bonus. If that is where he is at I will definitely welcome him in."

Topics: New Zealand, Rugby, All Blacks, Rugby Union, Rugby League, nrl, Australia, Sydney Roosters

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