Australian Super rugby teams are lining up to bring Mark Gasnier home after his Stade Francais coach Ewen McKenzie was axed by the club's eccentric owner.
McKenzie paid the price for a slow start to the season, with Stade Francais chairman Max Guazzini cutting ties with the former New South Wales coach just five games into his second year in Paris.
Gasnier was said to be stunned by the sudden development and it is certain to have a big impact on his future after McKenzie recruited him from the NRL.
Gasnier is off contract with Stade Francais midway through next year and both the ARU and Aussie franchises - including a yet-to-be-formed Melbourne team - yesterday began to register interest in the former Kangaroo for 2011.
"The experience that he's had over there with Stade Francais would have furthered his rugby education, so if there's an interest on his behalf to get back to Australia he would be a good consideration in our plans," NSW coach Chris Hickey said