Having been heavily snubbed by the Wallabies and having his nose rubbed in it to boot (via that great telephone incident with chief idiot Tuqiri), Peter Hewat is finally off.
It is understood that Waratahs back Peter Hewat will earn an estimated $450,000 a year playing for the London Irish club in England from next season – almost four times more than what he has been paid at NSW.
Hewat, 29, has signed a three-year deal with the club after reaching an agreement with NSW Rugby and the Australian Rugby Union allowing him to move to England despite having a year to go on his NSW contract.
The agreement brings to an end months of uncertainty for Hewat, who, despite having the second-highest points tally (636) of any NSW player after Matt Burke, has never been called up to play for the Wallabies.
While this was never an open and shut case, you’ve got to feel that Hewat, with his impressive points tally and attacking instincts, at least deserved a run with the Wallabies to see if he could step up – it’s not as if Huxley has covered himself in glory on or off the field.
The reason given for him not being even considered was his defense, but I’ve got to say that I hadn’t noticed him being particularly suspect. It’s also been pretty harsh with the Waratahs not exactly having a great season this year. What I would say against him though is that he did miss at least 2 crucial kicks this season, one of them directly in front. Does this outline a mental fragility?
Anyway, he’s going to earn bucket-loads at London Irish (where Staniforth served his exile). That is in Aussie dollars though and they don’t go nearly so far over here. Would be surprised if he saves much to take back with him.