Rugby Australia – the governing body of Australia’s rugby union – is set to put a package together worth almost £6 million to lure one of rugby league’s biggest stars.
That star is Sydney Roosters teenage prodigy Joseph Suaalii who was initially a rugby union man only to switch to league and sign with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
After much deliberation, Suaalii then swapped the Rabbitohs for the Roosters ahead of the 2022 NRL season, but the winger or fullback is now attracting the attention of the 15-man code in what would be a deal worth $10 million over five years.
Suaalii a strong rugby union background – the teenager represented King’s School first XV from the age of 14 and was called up for the GPS 1st XV in 2018.
He also won selection in the NSW Schoolboys and Australian Schoolboys under 18s Rugby Sevens aged just 15 and is eligible to play for the Wallabies.
Suaalii had previously stated on a move to union: “There was no temptation,” Suaalii told the Daily Telegraph.
“I love it here, I love everyone at the club – the staff and all the players. I am happy to be here for another year.
“I feel comfortable. I love playing footy and being at the top level. When I am on the field I want to be one of the best players on the field and help the team win.”
The teenager also spoke of his desire to improve even further: “There’s a lot of things I need to improve on. I wasn’t very happy with my defence.
“I want to work on that. I have a lot of things to work on in my game. Game by game, I have got my confidence … but I need to work on my defensive presence.
“Robbo (Coach Trent Robinson) has opened my eyes to the one percenters in the game. Kick-pressure, playing off the ball. When I was a junior, I would just run around.”