Eddie Jones has picked out a rugby league star as someone he’d like to make the switch to rugby union in the future “if he got a bit fitter”.
The England boss is contracted by the RFU until after the upcoming Rugby World Cup in 2023, but he has been regularly linked with a move to rugby league.
“Past the World Cup in 2023 I’m open to all offers,” he added when asked about a potential switch to the 13-man code.
“I grew up in a rugby league area around Redfern so I love the Rabbitohs and I love rugby league, it’s in my blood. If there was an opportunity post World Cup then I’d certainly look at it.”
The likes of Jason Robinson, Sam Burgess and Chris Ashton have each represented England with differing success after starting in league.
There are sure to be others who follow the same path, and below we’ve taken a look at five possibilities.
Rugby league players who could star in Union
#1. Jake Connor | Fullback | Hull FC
With little hesitation, the England head coach singled out Hull FC full-back Connor during a recent interview with Sky Sports.
“I spent a bit of time up at Hull and I like the full-back there, Connor,” Jones said.
“He’s a tough, skilful player and I’m sure if he got a bit fitter he could make it.”
While his tongue may have been in his cheek when he mentioned Connor’s fitness, his admiration of the full-back was genuine.