Dancing With The Stars NZ 2019: All Black Glen Osborne throws down challenge for Warrior Manu Vatuvei

Former All Black Glen Osborne is talking tough ahead of his stint on Dancing With The Stars NZ, with a particular Warrior in his sights.

"I wanna beat Manu Vatuvei! He's definitely the one I want to beat," Glen told Newshub.

"It's definitely a clash of the codes. If I get voted out before him, I know he'll give me crap. I'm gonna do the same to him."

The feeling is mutual, too - chatting with The Project this week Manu said his biggest rivalry on the show would be Glen.

Competitiveness aside, Glen is actually a big fan of Manu - but he isn't such a big fan of league itself.

"He's a legend in rugby league. We're mates, we know how each other plays. I love that fulla to bits and he's the only reason I watched the Warriors. Now he's gone, I don't watch them anymore."

Following his rugby career, Glen became a constable in Whanganui and the Police are said to be very supportive of him throwing some shapes on national TV - particularly as he's chosen to support Women's Refuge as his chosen charity.

Other mates and former colleagues will probably tease him about his moves, he reckons.

"My All Black mates don't really give a damn, they'll just be cracking up and bagging the hell out of me," said Glen.

"My police mates will think it's so serious and wonderful that they'll support me more than the All Blacks, I reckon.

"But All Black fans - they'll still be behind me, because once you play for the All Blacks, they love the All Blacks - full stop, you know?"

In addition to Manu, Glen will also compete against Mike McRoberts, Nadia Lim, William Waiirua, Jude Dobson, Clinton Randell, Carolyn Taylor, Walter Neilands, Laura Daniel, Anna Willcox and K'Lee.

The 2019 season of Dancing With The Stars NZ will premiere live on Three on April 14.