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Gallop should help save Anasta: Kenny

By Laine Clark 12/05/2005 07:01:12 PM Comments (0)

Legendary NSW Origin five-eighth Brett Kenny says the Bulldogs are entitled to ask NRL chief executive David Gallop to help tempt prized pivot Braith Anasta away from rugby after "setting a precedent" with Andrew Johns.

Former Test rugby league player Anasta, 23, will make a decision on his playing future in a fortnight after a "pretty positive" 30-minute meeting with Wallabies rugby coach Eddie Jones in Sydney.

Bulldogs chief executive Malcolm Noad said the club was "looking into" the NRL stepping into talks with their star charge Anasta.

But Kenny said Gallop set a precedent last year when he became involved in talks with ex-Test skipper Johns while the halfback was being courted by Super 12 rugby outfit NSW Waratahs.

Johns eventually re-signed with NRL club Newcastle - and now Anasta is firmly in rugby union's sights.

"The Bulldogs are entitled to say `You got involved in the Andrew Johns thing why not Braith Anasta'," said Kenny, a veteran of 16 Origins and 17 Tests.

"I think that was always going to be a problem. I think he put himself in a position where other clubs can say `Well, you came out and helped keep Andrew Johns'."

But Gallop said: "We helped (Johns) to the extent that we could within the rules and we would do that for Braith but we won't be making any exceptions to the rules."

After the meeting with Jones, Anasta said he was "definitely interested, for sure" in switching codes before dashing away from a massive media scrum.

"We certainly believe his interest in playing rugby is genuine," Jones said.

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