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Australian players becoming too expensive - Morgan

Justin Morgan
Morgan said he Willie Mason left Hull KR on good terms

Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan said replacing Willie Mason with another Australian next year may be too expensive for the Super League club.

Morgan believes a combination of the exchange rate, salary caps and proposed tax changes limit the viability of bringing NRL players to England.

He told BBC Look North: "Their salary cap will be Aus$7m in a couple of years and that's a huge increase.

"There have also been reports of tax status change for overseas players."

He added: "I don't think you're going to see the flow of players from Australia and New Zealand."

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Less foreigners will boost English game - Morgan

Former North Queensland Cowboys prop Mason was the Robins big winter signing but endured a protracted transfer to the Super League side due to visa problems.

Then earlier this month the Robins cut their ties with the former Australian international, just six months into a three-year deal.

He has now agreed to switch codes to rugby union by signing for big-spending French Top 14 side Toulon.

Mason is in line to make his union debut for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on Sunday.

But Morgan is not convinced his former charge will be able make the switch that swiftly.

"The technical differences are huge and we see that when rugby league players go over," he said.

"Chris Ashton's [England winger] a good example. it took him a couple of years to find his feet and obviously now he's one of the best players in the country."



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