Melbourne Storm enforcer Nelson Asofa-Solomona is interested in a stunning code switch to rugby union, but is “still waiting” on a call from Wallabies coach Eddie Jones.
New Zealand-born Asofa-Solomona was a schoolboy sensation with Wellington College as a second-rower, but ultimately decided to pursue an opportunity with the Storm.
The two-time NRL premiership winner has enjoyed a decorated career in the 13-player game, and has starred at international level with the Kiwis.
But a return to rugby union is on the cards.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is reportedly planning a raid on the NRL, as he looks to bolster the Australian squad ahead of a Lions Tour in 2025 and a Rugby World Cup two years later.
Asofa-Solomona said he’s always been interested in returning “to rugby at some stage.”
“Obviously I’ve been at the Storm for such a long time,” Asofa-Solomona told The Herald and The Age.
“Coming from a rugby union background, I’ve always been enticed to go back to rugby at some stage.
“Just seeing the talent we have got at the Storm and the future they have, the Storm is in good hands even if I leave.
“I’m not too sure what I want to do, I change my mind every day.
“It’s hard to say (if I’d join the Wallabies). I’d be silly not to consider all my options.”
Asofa-Solomona is coming off an especially impressive campaign with the Melbourne Storm, where he was simply at his rampaging best.
While he proved himself to be an important part of the New Zealand side at last year’s Rugby League World Cup, Asofa-Solomona could change his allegiance if he switches codes.
Should the 26-year-old play for the Wallabies, he could potentially face the All Blacks’ haka at some stage.
“You can’t rule anything out,” he added.
“Stuff crosses your mind, but it would be tough being a New Zealander (and representing Australia in rugby union).
“But I’ve spent a lot of time in Australia, Australia has done a lot for my family. It’s a tough question to answer.”