Storm star reportedly set for rugby switch

Super Rugby
by Staff Writer

Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete is reportedly in the mix to become the latest NRL star to switch to Rugby.

Channel Nine and News Corp have reported that the 23-year-old is in talks with the ARU and the Melbourne Rebels to cross codes, after setting the NRL alight with his electric pace.

The Storm's contract priority lies with QLD halfback Cooper Cronk, with the NRL club fighting to retain his signature, meaning there's potentially less room to move on other negotiations.

Koroibete burst onto the NRL scene in 2012 for the Wests Tigers, with 12 tries in 16 matches, but defensive struggles kept him out of a regular first grade spot.

He has been a revelation since joining Melbourne in 2014, already nabbing three tries in six matches this season, following on from the 16 he tallied in 23 matches in 2015.

Koroibete would add to a list of star wingers who have crossed codes, including Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor, with Parramatta Eels speedster Reece Robinson the most recent player to attempt the code hop after he joined the NSW Waratahs.

The electrifying winger has played seven Tests for FIji as well as his NRL matches.

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