Are Kalyn Ponga, Angus Crichton on Rugby World Cup collision course?

They are two of the NRL’s brightest stars yet the prospect of Angus Crichton and Kalyn Ponga lining up against each other in a Bledisloe- or Rugby World Cup- could be on the cards with both youngsters failing to rule out a code switch in the future.

Crichton has already been asked about a return to rugby on a number of occasions, the latest coming last week, in which he wouldn’t rule out a switch once his contract with Sydney Roosters winds up.

“There’s always the possibility to go back,” Crichton told the Sydney Morning Herald. “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. 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.

With Bledisloe I now in the books, a resounding 38-13 victory to the All Blacks, Crichton might want to see a little more improvement from the Wallabies before he seriously considers a code switch.

Ponga, however, may not need as much convincing. Speaking with New Zealand’s TVNZ, Ponga revealed a move back to New Zealand to chase an All Blacks jersey is something he’d certainly consider.

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