Waratahs centre Tom Carter could resume his rivalry with Sonny Bill Williams next season – in the NRL.
In a shock development, Carter is all but certain to leave NSW next season and has been in talks with several rugby league clubs in Sydney about a possible code switch.
Carter is being targeted as a back-rower in rugby league, with his size – 100kg and 1.89m – and hard hole-running and defence seen as suited to the right edge.
Carter played rugby league as a junior in Young before moving to Sydney to attend a rugby-playing school.
With his eight-year association with the Waratahs at an end, Carter is pursuing the option of NRL as a means of staying in Sydney due to family circumstances.
Last year, Carter made the most tackles of all Australian centres in Super Rugby and also had the highest tackle percentage (91.5 per cent). His run metres, tackle busts and line-breaks all rank highly.
Team-mates and coaches also swear by Carter as the man who does the one-percenters such as kick-chasing and defensive double-ups.