Newcastle Knights and Queensland Origin young prodigy has spoken of his desire to play for the All Blacks, should he decide to return to playing rugby union.
The 20-year-old has a Maori heritage through having Kiwi parents, and had the opportunity to play professionally in a multitude of sports, including golf, union and Australian rules.
Speaking to tvnz.co.nz, Ponga said "Obviously, that (playing for the All Blacks) would be a huge goal, if I was to come back to union I’d want to tick."
"I’m not too sure what my future holds whether I’m going to stay in league or change codes but if I was to go back to rugby union I’d probably want to strive for that black jumper, it’s the pinnacle."
Ponga spoke very highly of what the All Blacks have achieved in their period of dominance over the rugby world over the past 15 years, including back to back World Cup wins.
"They’re the best sporting organisation in the world, stats have showed that and the way they hold themselves, their values, their morals, the little things they do make them that step above everyone else,” he said.
"To put that jersey on would be special."
Ponga however, stated right now his focus is on his team the Newcastle Knights and succeeding in the NRL.
"I’ve got three years on my contract with the Knights and I’ve got some things I want to achieve in that time."
"I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of that, playing at the pinnacle has always been my goal, we’ll have to wait and see."