Scotland want Richie Mo'unga's fly-half successor to switch allegiances
2024/01/11

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Scotland is reportedly making a surprise bid to persuade Crusaders' fly-half, Fergus Burke, to switch sides after failing to convince Northampton Saints' fly-half, Fin Smith. Scottish Rugby has tabled a lucrative offer for Burke to join Glasgow Warriors, with the added promise of an opportunity to play for the national team. 

Burke, a highly-rated playmaker, was expected to become the Crusaders' first-choice fly-half in 2024, but an Achilles injury has jeopardized his participation in the upcoming Super Rugby season. 

Despite this setback, Burke is still seen as a likely candidate for a call-up by the All Blacks.

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The versatility of Burke, who can play both fly-half and fullback, is one of the reasons why Townsend and his coaching staff are interested in recruiting him. 

Scotland is also interested in recruiting Sale Sharks players Aaron Reed, Tom Roebuck, and Gus Warr. With uncertainty surrounding Burke's future due to injury, Scottish Rugby has made an offer in the hopes of securing his services, as they see him as a potential asset due to his versatility.

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