Samoan ace Misi on the brink of surprise Eagles return

SHEFFIELD Eagles have left the door open for Misi Taulapapa to make a dramatic return to the club next season.

The Samoan international’s move to the Super League with Hull KR has hit the rocks and he could soon be a free agent again. Taulapapa was given a one-year contract by Rovers six weeks ago but before the arrival of new coach Craig Sandercock.

The Australian has made it plain that the 29-year-old doesn’t figure in his plans and talks have started on a severance deal.

Eagles coach Mark Aston is advising and supporting Taulapapa who he brought into the British game from top Australian club Cronulla Sharks two years ago. Aston confirmed negotiations were underway with Hull KR but a settlement hasn’t been reached. When a pay-off is agreed it would open up the prospect of Taulapapa rejoining the Eagles.

Aston added: “There’s always a chance but we’ll have to see how all this has affected Misi and how he feels.”

Utility back Taulapapa has been one of the outstanding players in the Championship in the past two seasons, playing 44 games for the Eagles and scoring 19 tries. The move to Hull KR was a chance to return to the top flight of the game after playing in Australia’s NRL for Cronulla and New Zealand Warriors.

Those hopes have been dashed by the new Rovers coach before Taulapapa has even played a game.

n Eagles winger Tim Bergin has been recalled to the Ireland team for the international against Wales today. He missed the 26-6 defeat by Scotland as he served one-match ban for fighting in the Championship Grand Final.

n England beat France 32-18 in their Four Nations warm-up clash last night.