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NRL star says he’s open to Super League move but focus is currently on ‘heavyweights’ Leeds Rhinos

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is one of the stars of the NRL and is approaching 100 appearances in the competition.

But now his focus lays squarely on the Rugby League World Cup as he and his New Zealand teammates look to go one better than the last time the tournament was held in England and recapture the magic of the 2008 team which defeat Australia to lift the trophy.

Right now he and his squad are in Leeds as they prepare for a warm-up against the Leeds Rhinos which will also act as the final game in the careers of Thomas Leuluai and Adam Cuthbertson as well as the last Leeds appearance for Tom Briscoe, Liam Sutcliffe, Brad Dwyer, Bodene Thompson and Muizz Mustapha.

Nicoll-Klokstad has been very open about enjoying his time in Leeds when speaking to BBC Radio Leeds ahead of the fixture.

“We’ve gone to the city centre a couple of times and we’re staying in the lodge by the stadium,” the outside back said, “We’ve gone to Nando’s which is supposed to be good here. It’s a bit different, they like serving toffee sauce and porridge, it’s pretty crazy but it goes well.”

This understandably led to the question, would he be open to a move to Super League to which he said: “I might have to ask my wife and introduce her to the toffee sauce and porridge. There could be a time where I could come over. I was really interested in coming over here not too long ago.

“I’d love to come over in the future, it could be something I’m interested in later.”

Right now his focus is on the Leeds Rhinos and getting the most he and his team can out of the fixture at Headingley on Saturday night against a team he described as “a heavyweight of the Super League” in a fascinating interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post where he outlines why the game is much more than just a warm-up fixture for him which you can read here.

For those who can’t attend the game, you can find out how to watch here.

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