A Canadian theater critic accidentally ended up with the most important Australian rugby information of the day.
J. Kelly Nestruck got to work Thursday just hoping to critique some theater for Canada’s The Globe and Mail. But one email threw him for a loop.
By pure chance, Nestruck received an email intended for Joe Kelly, the CEO of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Australia’s National Rugby League. The email contained Martin Taupau’s new contract with the team. Can you believe it? Taupau is leaving Wests Tigers for the Sea Eagles! What a shocker! This move will surely send shockwaves through the Australian sporting scene.
Anyone cover the New Zealand rugby league and want the contract of a player called Martin Taupau that was just emailed to me by accident?— J. Kelly Nestruck (@nestruck) October 29, 2015
Breaking: Martin Taupau signs three-year deal with Manly–Warringah Sea Eagles, 2016 - 2019.— J. Kelly Nestruck (@nestruck) October 29, 2015
It turns out the deal is actually for four years, but Nestruck’s theatre knowledge caused a bit of confusion.
Taupau had been under contract with the Tigers through 2016 but they needed to create some space on the salary cap, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Nestruck usually writes about stuff like an upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love in Ontario, so don’t expect him to report on any more big NRL rumors.
- Dan Gartland