What to expect at The Garden of Eden this weekend
ian sanchez has enjoyed an impressive start to his life in Australia, scoring three tries in the first two rounds of the Super Rugby season, and then picking up another for the Reds in a win over the Barbarians in round seven.
But now, with the Australian national team set to depart for New Zealand for a series of games ahead of their home opener on Friday, Sanchez’s career is in serious jeopardy.
And while the Reds are still trying to get to grips with the injury, it is understood Sanchez’s contract has been terminated, and the Blues are set to take a pay cut from the Reds’ $2.6 million salary cap.
“There’s nothing to add to what we’ve already said,” Blues CEO Greg Swann said in a statement.
“I can confirm that the contract of Ivan has been officially terminated and we will be cutting our salary cap to a more manageable level.”
This is not an easy decision but one that is being taken in the best interests of the club and Ivan’s long-term health.
“It is understood the Blues have offered Sanchez a contract extension, but he has not been swayed by the offer.
While he was a regular in the Reds first-string last season, Sanchez has struggled in the second-tier competition this year, with just one try in seven matches, and is now set to miss the opening round of the season.
Sanchez’s agent, Jon McManus, confirmed to TalkSport that his client had spoken to his agent in recent days and was considering his options.”
Meanwhile, it looks as though the Blues will be without two of their best props in the form of Kieran Read and Sam Burgess. “
There is no further comment from Ivan.”
Meanwhile, it looks as though the Blues will be without two of their best props in the form of Kieran Read and Sam Burgess.
Both players have been linked with moves to Super Rugby franchises New Zealand and Australia, but it is unclear whether they will stay in Australia or head to Super League next season.
A return to the Super League will be welcomed by many, but if the Blues lose Burgess or Read, they will have a tough time competing for a top four spot.
Sanchez has already been linked to several clubs, including Newcastle, Worcester, and Glasgow Warriors, and it remains to be seen if he will stay with the Blues or return to England.