Rugby: NZ Rugby reportedly targets NZ Kiwis, Sydney Roosters star Joseph Manu for shock code switch

NZ Rugby is reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Sydney Roosters and NZ Kiwis star Joseph Manu.

One of the NRL's most exciting stars, 25-year-old Manu is off contract with the Roosters at the end of 2022, with NZ Warriors coach Nathan Brown among those trying to tempt the versatile centre back across the Tasman.

But according to the Daily Telegraph, NZ Rugby is also willing to enter the bidding war for Manu.

NZ Rugby is understood to be able to offer a contract worth $600,000 per year, including a Super Rugby deal, while Manu is expected to command more than $1m per year, should he stay in the NRL.

The Telegraph also reports that no approach has been made from NZR to Manu's representatives.

With his NRL deal up at the end of next season, Manu is free to negotiate elsewhere from November 1.

In 2019, the Tokoroa native said he'd "love" to represent the All Blacks.

"Ever since I was young I wanted to be an All Black," Manu told Sydney Morning Herald. "I'm still a big fan of them, especially when it comes to World Cups. 

"It's a pretty big occasion for pretty much all New Zealanders. I love [watching] at the moment, but one day, I would love to play for them."

NZ Rugby has already successfully tempted Roger Tuivasa-Sheck back to rugby union, with the former Warriors captain about to begin his maiden NPC campaign with Auckland.