Volume 2 of Switching codes, we pick another 5 players and see what other code and position they are best suited to.
In Volume 1 we had a look at Levani Botia, Peceli Yato, Josua Tuisova, Asaeli Tuivuaka and Viliame Kikau. In this edition of switching codes, we take a look another 5 players including London Irish big man Albert Tuisue, Eels front row Kane Evans and Gold Medallist Semi Kunatani.
Albert Tuisue – Switch to Rugby League
Position – Prop
Size, aggression and mongrel. Albert Tuisue would absolutely kill at as a prop in the 13 man code. Has the leg speed for a faster pace game and defensively would be a brick wall in the middle of the park. We see him as a Jared Waerea-Hargreaves type forward not taking a backward step and always leading from the front.
Vilimoni Botitu – Switch to Rugby League
Position – Centre
Sevens rover Vilimoni Botitu has all the skills and defensive game to be a top grade centre in Rugby League. Has playmaker like vision, sleight of hand, offloading ability and great defensive awareness, we see him as a Jamie Lyon type centre mixed in with a bit of Esan Marsters.
Eroni Sau – Switch to American Football
Position – Strong Safety
For those not familiar with the safety position in American Football, the safety is usually the last line of defense. They are very good tacklers and have a good turn of speed. Basically, Eroni Sau.
The sledgehammer is already the perfect height and weight for the position, virtually a Troy Polamalu clone, without the hair. The now retired Polamalu was well known for making big hits and laying out opposition players at his time with the Steelers.
We believe Eroni Sau has all the attributes suited to the safety position or if he was ever to jump over to Rugby League, he could leave his shoulder imprint on attacking players rushing in from the wing to shut down attacking raids.
Kane Evans – Switch to Rugby Union
Position – Lock
What we don’t get to see too often in the ever-structured NRL play is forwards express themselves a bit more with their skill and flair, especially in the front row position. This is why we believe we don’t really get to see Kane Evans real skill and talent on display.
He’s carving out a nice career in the NRL but if he was to ever jump ship then the number 4 or 5 jersey would suit him just fine. Standing at 199cm and weighing in at around 110kg, Evans is basically Leone Nakarawa. Ok maybe we’re getting a bit excited but in the 15 man game his ball skills and offloading ability would be a perfect fit for the Fiji lock position.
Semi Kunatani – Switch to Rugby League
Position – Second Row
6 foot 4, 110kg, speed, agility, great tackler, great offload, great awareness, yes the Beast would be an absolute uh…Beast on the edges for any league side.
With the new rules in the NRL virtually making the game much quicker and more suited to athletic forwards, Kunatani would be in his element and would create havoc giving his outside men plenty of opportunities Ala Viliame Kikau.
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