Rugby: NZ Kiwis forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona 'silly not to consider' Wallabies switch after Eddie Jones courtship

NZ Kiwis forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona is reportedly weighing up a code switch to rugby union and the Wallabies, with interest from coach Eddie Jones.

Asofa-Solomona, 26, has established himself as one of the NRL's most destructive forwards, playing more than 150 games for Melbourne Storm, and winning the competition in 2017 and 2020.

After Jones was re-appointed as Australia's head coach earlier this year, Sydney Morning Herald revealed his interest in seeing the Kiwis prop switch codes.

Asofa-Solomona is off contract with the Storm after the upcoming NRL season and could walk straight back into the 15-man code, should he fail to agree terms to stay in rugby league.

Despite his ties to New Zealand - born and raised in Wellington, before moving to Australia to play rugby league - the 11-test Kiwis has outlined his situation.

"Coming from a rugby union background, I've always been enticed to go back to rugby at some stage," Asofa-Solomona told the Sydney Morning Herald

"Just seeing the talent we have got at the Storm and the future they have, the Storm is in good hands, even if I leave.

"I'm not too sure what I want to do, I change my mind every day. I'd be silly not to consider all my options.

"You can't rule anything out. Stuff crosses your mind, but it would be tough being a New Zealander. 

"But I've spent a lot of time in Australia, Australia has done a lot for my family. It's a tough question to answer."

A switch from the Storm to rugby union wouldn't be unprecedented, after former Melbourne teammate Suliasi Vunivalu did the same to join Queensland Reds in Super Rugby.