Major League calls for Foley, Gale

by Sam Phillips

The American raid on Australian talent has hit Queensland, with Con Foley and Scott Gale putting pen to paper on deals with New Orleans Gold.

Foley, a former Australian Sevens star, will join the club on a one year deal, with Gale signing on for two years.

The news comes days after RUGBY.com.au revealed Waratahs veteran Paddy Ryan is also heading for the Majors.

While neither Foley or Gale were able to secure Super Rugby contracts for 2019 their departures are still a blow.

Foley was the captain of University of Queensland's Premier Rugby side this year and was called upon to lead the Australian Men's Sevens side in Hong Kong this year while the core of the squad prepared for the Commonwealth Games.Scott Gale has signed with New Orleans. Photo: Getty ImagesHe has more than 43 World Series tournaments and an Olympic Games under his belt and while he hasn't been able to earn a spot on a Super Rugby roster he played a key part in Brisbane City's season.

Gale, 23, has less experience but remains a player of Super Rugby calibre.

He has a superb pass, kick and a frame capable of withstanding serious defensive duties.

He is perhaps a victim of Queensland's current halfback conundrum.

James Tuttle, Tate McDermott and Moses Sorovi have all started at No. 9 for the Reds this season and will be involved in an intriguing tussle once again in 2019.

Major League Rugby's second season kicks off in January.