Rugby: Pocock to become highest-paid player?

David Pocock could become the highest-paid rugby player in the world. Photo / Getty
David Pocock could become the highest-paid rugby player in the world. Photo / Getty

Wallabies flanker David Pocock could become the world's highest-paid rugby player if he accepts a suggested multi-million dollar deal to play in England.

According to Britain's The Daily Telegraph, English club Wasps have contacted Pocock's representatives and indicated they'd be prepared to offer the 27-year-old a package in excess of the £1.4 million ($3.1 million) a season that French outfit Racing 92 are paying World Cup-winning five-eighth Dan Carter.

Pocock is off contract at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season and is considering a one-year sabbatical from Australian rugby to study in the UK.

But the report claims Pocock is open to the possibility of playing in England having enjoyed his time in the country during last year's World Cup.

It's understood he has fielded a number of offers, including from the ARU and Brumbies, and will make a call on his future in coming weeks.

Pocock is seen as the ideal replacement for Wallabies veteran George Smith, who is leaving Wasps at the end of the season.

Any deal will likely only be short term, with Pocock intending to play at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

His departure could prove costly for the Brumbies, who are losing Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore to the Queensland Reds and fellow international Matt Toomua to English club Leicester at season's end.

It follows news fringe England playmaker Danny Cipriani will return to Wasps in a bid to revive his international career.

Cipriani played 95 games for the high-profile club between 2004 and 2010, before his brief Super Rugby stint with the Melbourne Rebels and most recently Sale Sharks.

The 28-year-old is hoping to impress new national coach Eddie Jones after missing the final cut for England's World Cup squad.


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