Wallabies flanker George Smith and All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina may favour lucrative overseas deals over the 2011 World Cup.
The Brumbies are currently in discussion’s with Smith’s manager regarding the future of the prolific No 7. Smith’s contract with the Canberra franchise and Australian Rugby expires at the end of the year, and there are numerous European and Asian clubs scrambling for his signature.
Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan confirmed Smith is undecided about his future.
‘George is pretty excited by the future of the Brumbies. He can see the next couple of years being successful with the likes of Matt Giteau coming and who knows who else, plus the prospect of another World Cup is very appealing to him.
‘But he’s weighing those things up against significant interest overseas and deciding how much longer he wants to play for and where he wants to do that.’
Across the Tasman, Muliania is also weighing up his options. The Chiefs captain said he has his family to consider and at the age of 28 admitted his time to cash in is running out.
‘It’s a hard decision for me. I’ve had to sit down and write out the pros and cons of both staying and going. At the moment I have got to make decisions that are not just good for myself but for my family.
‘The desire to play in the next World Cup is there but there are always different pros and cons.’