Sam Burgess, Sonny Bill Williams, Jason Robertson and many others have made the difficult transition from rugby league to rugby union.
Some have been more successful than others and the debate will always linger on as regards which code is the toughest; however that’s a debate for another day.
The New Zealand Super Rugby sides have been named and they bring with them three highly talented NRL players.
The Hurricanes have signed Ngani Laumape. He is short and stands at only 1.77cm, but at 100kg he will be the perfect wrecking ball to replace the legendary Ma’a Nonu.
A schoolboy rugby star out of Palmerston Boys High School in 2011, Ngani decided to take up an offer from the Warriors NRL franchise after being snubbed by the Hurricanes Schools outfit in 2010. Ever since immersing himself in the Warriors environment he has had a burning desire to come home and play for the Hurricanes and in 2016 he will get that chance if he can crack the Canes 1st XV.
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The Chiefs have also recruited an ex-Warrior, who many believe has the skill set and speed to make a real impact in the 15-man game. Glen Fisiiahi who was also a schoolboy rugby star out of Wesley College has been signed by the Waikato-based outfit for 2016.
Fisiiahi played alongside All Blacks Charles Piatau and Augustine Pulu before signing a contract with the Warriors. A similar desire to come back to union has eventuated in his return.
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Moving up state highway one to the Blues and their newly-appointed coach Tana Umaga has moved swiftly to sign Melbourne Storm winger Matt Duffie. Capped once for the Kiwis, in the 2011 Anzac test defeat to the Kangaroos, Duffie was signed by the Storm as an 18-year-old and has played 61 first grade games since his debut in 2010, scoring 37 tries.
After suffering repetitive knee injuries playing for Melbourne he has decided to give up the physical game of Rugby League and start fresh back in New Zealand and chase his childhood dream of playing for the All Blacks.
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Will they make an impact in Union or will they flop like Burgess?
Simon van Ryn, Pundit Arena