Two renowned rugby players are making the switch to a new code in 2025. Mark Nawaqanitawase, affectionately known as “Marky,” will be joining the NRL’s Roosters from the Waratahs/Wallabies. On the other hand, Anavaotau’a Iosefa Aukuso Sua’ali’i, or “Joey,” is moving in the opposite direction with his financial advisor. This move will see Joey returning to play for the Waratahs.

It’s important to note that the term “All-Australian rugby dual code international” has been coined to refer to players who have been selected to play for both the Wallabies and the Kangaroos. Notably, 10 Wallabies switched to the Kangaroos in 1908 – making them the first “All-Australian” rugby dual code internationals. Previously, 47 players have attained this status, with the latest being Scott Gourley in 1991. Of these players, only seven have made the switch this century, with all of them transitioning from league to union. However, the last seven “All-Australians” have been rugby league outside backs who transitioned to union, marking a shift in the trend.

Mark Nawaqanitawase, at 24 years old, possesses impressive physical attributes and skills that could aid in his transition to the NRL with the Roosters. With 11 tests for the Wallabies under his belt, Marky is already halfway towards achieving “All-Australian” status.

In contrast, Joey, at 3 years younger, has the potential to become a formidable force in both codes. While he has played 6 rugby league tests for Samoa, he is yet to represent Australia in either code. With Rugby Australia’s (RA) substantial investment in him, there are high expectations for him to debut with the Wallabies in 2025.

Ultimately, both Marky and Joey have the talent, time, and opportunity to become “All-Australian” rugby dual code internationals. With their promising careers ahead, there is much anticipation about how they will navigate the transition and achieve their respective goals.

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