Rogers Could Join Titans Early

Rogers has already agreed to join the Titans for the 2008 season, but reports are suggesting that the Wallabies star is frustrated with the union code, and is set to join the new franchise right away.

This would include missing out on next year’s Rugby Union World Cup in France; yet Australian Rugby Union boss Gary Flowers said that he was sure Rogers wanted to be a part of the Wallabies’ World Cup side.

"As far as we're concerned, Mat has always expressed he's keen to be part of the World Cup programme in 2007," Flowers said.

"I've spoken to [Wallabies coach] John Connolly, and the last conversation John had with Mat was that he was keen to be part of the programme for 2007.

"That's my understanding; that Mat wanted to finish his career in rugby [union] on a high note. But it's certainly important for us to clarify the position … and I'm sure our people will clarify with Mat where he stands on this issue."
 
Flowers would not be drawn on whether or not the ARU would release Rogers from his contract, saying that the point was merely hypothetical at this stage.

The Gold Coast club confirmed that no approach had been made from Rogers, but managing director Michael Searl did admit that if reports were true "we'd be foolish not to sit down and talk to him".

Rogers appeared frustrated with the last Wallabies tour, telling reporters: "I would have liked to have played in one position for the entire tour but it wasn't the case."  

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