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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 July, 2003, 05:18 GMT 06:18 UK
Walker returns to rugby league
Andrew Walker played seven Tests for Australia
Andrew Walker played seven Tests for Australia
Wallaby Andrew Walker has quit rugby union to play rugby league for Manly.

Walker played seven rugby union Tests for Australia, but rejected a new Super 12 contract with the ACT Brumbies in favour of a return to rugby league.

"I have missed the excitement of league," Walker was quoted as saying in The Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday.

"We made Andrew what we considered to be a fair offer but the gap between the two was enormous," Brumbies chief executive Rob Clarke said in a statement.

"Realistically it was an offer from Manly that Andrew couldn't refuse."

Walker has courted controversy since his switch to rugby union and was twice dropped from the Wallabies Test squad in 2001 because of disciplinary problems.

He is a former Australia under-21 rugby union representative who switched to rugby league and made his Test debut in 1996.

Four years later Walker became the first dual international to move from the Kangaroos to the Wallabies.

The current Wallabies side includes three former rugby league internationals, Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri and Mat Rogers.

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