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Tuqiri met with Roosters before flight

27/08/2009 07:13:42 PM Comments (0)

Sacked Wallabies star Lote Tuqiri has revealed he met with Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis before jetting out to France to hold talks with cashed-up rugby sides Stade Francais and Bayonne.

Former Brisbane star Tuqiri, who has been linked with a return to rugby league with the Roosters and Wests Tigers, said his meeting with Politis was positive and he was only heading to France to weigh up his options.

"It is a bit of a hit-and-run mission to see a few clubs and see where they are at," Tuqiri told the Nine Network.

"Rugby league is still very much an option and I'm just going out to see what's out there and to re-assess.

"The Roosters have got a good board and a good chairman and he was quite passionate about where they're going and where they want to be."

Tuqiri is set to meet with former Penrith NRL star Craig Gower's club Bayonne and also discuss his options with ex-NSW Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie, who heads French Top 14 side Stade Francais.

Stade Francais is also home to former Kangaroos centre Mark Gasnier.

Tuqiri met last week with West Tigers coach Tim Sheens.

He had previously said he was reluctant to uproot his young family from Sydney.

The 29-year-old settled out of court with the Australian Rugby Union four days ago and dropped legal action over his contract termination after he was paid an undisclosed amount.

"I'm off to France for a few days to talk to some of the clubs over there," Tuqiri told News Limited.

"I'll let everyone know what's going on soon enough."

A Network Nine reporter said he had spoken with Tuqiri at Sydney Airport on Thursday and a decision on his future was imminent.

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