Former NRL player Ben Te’o is being lined up for selection to play international rugby union for England.
The New Zealander, who was born and raised in Auckland, is eligible through his English mother.
Te’o played 151 NRL games for the Wests Tigers, Brisbane and South Sydney. The lock won the 2014 grand final with the Rabbitohs before switching codes to play rugby union in Ireland.
Te’o also played seven Origin matches for Queensland and once for Samoa in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
The 29-year old is set to follow in Sam Burgess‘ footsteps and is being groomed for a centre position with the England union team.