‘One hundred per cent I want to play rugby league’: All Blacks star confirms interest in a switch of codes


New Zealand All Blacks star Ardie Savea has admitted he is interested in a switch to the NRL. The 26-year-old has played 44 games for the mighty All Blacks but has told the Ice Project podcast – hosted by former NRL player Isaac John – he wants to test himself in the world’s toughest competition.

Savea is currently out of the Super Rugby competition with a knee injury.

“One hundred per cent I want to play rugby league,” Savea said.

“I think they (the players) do a lot more in terms of off the field stuff. And also, just a new challenge. I want to test myself.

“Learning a whole new game and seeing if I can dominate or, play the way I play in union, that excites me. Seeing guys like Sonny do it kind of plays on my mind a bit.”

The flanker also sounded out two NRL clubs he would be interested in joining.

“Strategically I would want to get to a team that was dominating, like the Storm or Roosters.”

“It sucks that I got this injury because I was low key thinking about it (switching to league) for next year.”

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