All Blacks star Julian Savea hasn’t ruled out a shock switch to rugby league in a recent press conference.
The blockbusting wing is contracted to New Zealand Rugby (NZR) until the end of 2019, but has been unable crack the All Blacks side in recent times.
Now aged 27, time isn’t necessarily on the speedster’s side, but with a record of 46 tries in 54 test appearances, Savea is bound to attract interest across the rugby codes when his contract comes up.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind,” Savea said of a shift to rugby league.
“I haven’t had any reason to leave rugby, [but] I’d definitely think about it. You can’t not think about it and not say no straight away, weigh up the pros and cons and what’s best for my family.”
“I guess [being dropped] can play a lot on your mind,” Savea said.
“Especially with the confidence – do you start believing you’re not good enough or say stuff it and work harder and work your butt off?
“For me, I like the challenges. I’ve had adversity before, I just can’t wait to get the season started.”