Super Rugby Pacific: All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke whets appetite for future code switch with South Sydney Rabbitohs experience

With his first taste of rugby league with the NRL's South Sydney Rabbitohs under his belt, All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke is already feeling the benefits, admitting a fulltime code switch would be something he'd entertain in the future.

Clarke, 24, will spend the next few days training with the Rabbitohs and while, for now, it’s about positioning himself to hit peak form with Blues in Super Rugby Pacific, he admits playing for the club one day would be a dream come true.  

Swapping his normal blue for Rabbitohs green, Clarke looks and feels right at home, and already reaping the rewards of mixing it with some of the rugby league's best.

Caleb Clarke at Rabbitohs training on Tuesday.
Caleb Clarke at Rabbitohs training on Tuesday. Photo credit: File

"Everything is so much quicker here," Clarke told Newshub. "I feel like it would help when it comes to the rugby field, especially for backs.

"When the aerial game comes into play, that’s where it helps me."

There are also long-term ambitions at play, with Clarke revealing the idea of wearing the Rabbitohs jersey full time does appeal. 

"That would be an actual dream come," he said. "That's one of those life goals.

"I'm still pinching myself. I saw John Sutton and he's one of the players I grew up watching, and to be able to be out there on the field while he was coaching was just something I could never dream of."

The Aucklander took full advantage of his day out with the Bunnies, picking the brains of the likes of Latrell Mitchell and Alex Johnston on the complex art of attack.

Clarke is ambitious and a future at Redfern certainly interests him.

"It'd be a dream to play league," he said. "Hopefully, I still have time do it.  

"I'm young now, so hopefully these legs can still carry me."

Any crosscode aspirations will have to wait, as Clarke is clear his focus remains on union - at least, for now.  

After a disappointing World Cup in France, where he only made two appearances for the All Blacks, Clarke’s desperate to rediscover his best form.

"I reflect on the year I had this year and it wasn't one that I was fully happy with, so going into the next season with the Blues, I wanted to do something different," he said. "I wanted something that would find a bit of an edge.

"Being here in an environment like the Rabbitohs - a team I watch, a team I respect a lot - being able to rub shoulders with the boys, I felt like that would give me that edge just to get another spark in." 

Any NRL aspirations will remain on hold, with Clarke adamant he still has plenty left to offer in union.  

"I feel like a lot of the things I’ve done in rugby, I've ticked off, but there’s still a few things I’d like to do," he added.

Judging by his enthusiasm with the Rabbitohs, a future in the NRL could be a matter of when. not if.