In todays sporting landscape a player changing football codes is as normal as an injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau. And with all the fanfare that comes with big money signings, so many fail to live up to the hype. After the announcement of Sam Burgess moving to english rugby we wanted to have a look at who performed and who faltered.
Below, in my opinion are the top 5 code hoppers from my lifetime, let me know if you agree:
5. Lote Tuqiri: At his best Tuqiri was nearly unstoppable and some may feel that he should be ranked higher. Others were ranked ahead of him due to greater positional flexibility and success in major domestic and international tournaments.
4. Jason Robinson: I wanted to put Lote in at number four, but Robinson was too hard to go past. An influential figure in England's successful World Cup campaign, he provided spark in an otherwise dull back line.
3. Sonny Bill Williams: If he could make up his mind on which sport he wanted to focus on Sonny Bill could potentially be higher. A damaging runner and off-load machine, when on form he's hard to go past.
2. Israel Folau: Now I can't see into the future, but if Izzy stays in Union for the next few years I think this spot will be fully justified. Unlike most code jumpers who are looking for one last paycheck, Folau is at the peak of his powers and is staking a claim as the best outside back in the world.
1. Brad Thorn: In my opinion it's pretty hard to disagree with this. Having played 200 professional league games and 147 professional union games, Thorn has done it all in both codes. Mr consistency with a lot of trophies in his cabinet.
Honourable Mentions: Wendell Sailor and Matt Rogers
So did I get it right? Or am I completely wrong?
Let me know in the comment section.