South Sydney Rabbitohs: All Blacks winger reveals desire to make NRL switch

Michael Holland

All Blacks winger Caleb Clarke has revealed his intention to play in the NRL sooner rather than later and the South Sydney Rabbitohs would be the preferred destination.

Clarke currently plays for the Blues in the Super Rugby competition. The 23-year-old has also gone on to play in five Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2020.

The Rugby Union World Cup set to be played in France next year is the main goal for Clarke. However once that is out of the way a switch to the NRL could be on the cards.

South Sydney the team for Clarke

Clarke’s future is up in the air a little. His contract with New Zealand rugby has yet to be finalised and that could open the door for a move to the NRL at some point.

The youngster says it is a goal of his and has also revealed his allegiance to the bunnies.

“That’s definitely one thing that I’d love to do,” Clarke told reporters. “I’m a big Rabbitohs supporter and I talk to the Rabbitohs boys every now and then.

“So yeah, I’d love to and I don’t know when but it’ll definitely be something that I want to tick off as a life goal.”

If Clarke did make the switch to the NRL he would be following Will Warbrick. Clarke knows Warbrick well from their time playing Rugby Sevens together for New Zealand.

Warbrick switched codes to sign a two-year deal with the Melbourne Storm in November 2021. The 24-year-old has yet to make his Storm debut but is knocking on the door.

Indeed he looked set to be involved in the Anzac Day clash against the Warriors until he contracted Covid-19. But his time will come and Clarke says he could not be more proud of his mate.

Clarke salutes Warbrick switch

One or two eyebrows were raised when Warbrick made the switch. However Clarke was not surprised. He feels the powerful forward has all the attributes to be a big hit in the NRL.

“I’m really looking forward to Will making his debut,” Clarke added. “He’s such an athlete, when you see him he’s taller than me, he’s stronger than me.

“A few of the boys were a bit surprised when he told us he’d signed with the Storm but I was just like, I can see it. With his aerial skills, he’s fast and strong, he really suits the game of league.”