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Australian rugby league star eyes code switch, 2023 World Cup

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Angus Crichton has revealed that a potential code switch is on the cards and said he would love to play for the Wallabies at a World Cup.

The 22-year-old forward revealed his Wallaby aspirations to the Sydney Morning Herald this week.

Crichton – an inside centre or number eight in the 15-man code – represented the Australian Schoolboys in rugby union but made the jump to rugby league when the Waratahs told the then-18-year-old that he would not play Super Rugby until he was 23.

He is contracted to play for the Sydney Roosters for the next three years, but still has plenty of time to get back into union for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“I’ve got my future secured for the next three years at the Roosters, I’ll be in the NRL until the end of 2021, so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it,” Crichton told Fairfax.

“There’s always the possibility to go back. To play in a Rugby World Cup would be something special.”

“Australian rugby is starting to build and they are getting back on the front foot.”

Crichton also discussed a personal connection to the Wallabies, best friend Jack Maddocks.

“One of my best mates, Jack Maddocks, is looking to make his debut on Saturday night.

“Rugby is a game I grew up playing and enjoy watching, and I could possibly go back one day, be it here in Australia or overseas.”

Crichton made his NRL debut in 2016 and has since racked up 50 appearances for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He also represented New South Wales in the 2018 State of Origin series.

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Australian rugby league star eyes code switch, 2023 World Cup