PERTH - The Western Force are hopeful of retaining star winger Nick Cummins, while the fate of wayward Wallaby James O'Connor is set to be known in coming weeks.
Cummins is keen to stay in Perth, but is waiting to see what sort of Wallabies' top-up he is offered before making a final call.
O'Connor's future has been in limbo since being dumped by the Melbourne Rebels in July.
The Force seemed set to snap up the 23-year-old, but negotiations stalled following a recent airport incident in which O'Connor was escorted out of the terminal by Australian Federal Police.
After the incident, O'Connor lost his lucrative Australian Rugby Union contract. He also won't be offered an ARU top-up for next year.
Force coach Michael Foley says the Perth-based franchise is still considering handing O'Connor a lifeline.
"Obviously there was an incident here at Perth Airport which tended to send things south a little bit," Foley said.
"But we've continued to talk to James and we're definitely open minded there."