League Nation Live panelist and respected Rugby League journalist Peter Badel has slammed disgruntled Parramatta Eels winger Semi Radradra, calling him disrespectful.
Badel, speaking on NITV’s League Nation Live, said the winger showed no loyalty to Rugby League or his newly adopted nation.
“I was always against it from the very start. I don’t think he should have ever been picked for Australia.
“He spent 19 of his 23 years in Fiji, he’s a Fijian by birth, and I’m not convinced his allegiance is true to Australia and he’s proven that.
“If he leaves Rugby League at the end of the year and goes to Rugby or wherever, he may have played one or two Tests for Australia and it’s a disgrace that someone like Corey Oates was denied an Australian Test jumper,” said Badel.
Radradra has had offers from French Rugby, with Bordeaux reportedly offering the flyer $800,000 per season.
Badel, who first broke the story regarding Radradra’s contract situation, doesn’t see the Eels winger remaining with the club long term.
“He’s been unhappy for some time; he threatened not to come back for pre-season.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t leave the Eels. I’m not convinced all is well there,” Badel claimed.