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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V'landys speaks to the media during a NRL press conference at Rugby League Central on September 03, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

ARL Chairman Peter V'landys has taken fire at Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who recently announced his intentions to bring three NRL stars back to Rugby Union.

On Wednesday following his recent reinstatement as Wallabies coach, Jones laid out his plans for returning code jumping union juniors from league, as well as mounting his own offensive on NRL talent. 

In particular, Jones has reportedly identified Joesph Suaali'i, Will Penisini and Nelson Asofa-Solomona as targets for his NRL raid, as all three players reach the end of their contracts in 2023.

PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Joseph Suaalii of the Roosters looks dejected after the Roosters were defeated by the Panthers during the round 15 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters at Panthers Stadium, on June 18, 2021, in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

V'landys hit back this morning via Fox Sports, jesting that code-jumping players should bring their phones with them on the field to deal with Union's lengthy breaks in play.

“(They) can take their mobile phone with them on the field because they've got 20 minutes to tweet, Instagram or TikTok,” V'landys said.

“We wish Eddie the best of luck, and I hope he's got his mobile phone with him so he can fill that 30 minutes as well,” V'landys said via the AAP. 

Jones's primary target, Roosters phenom Joesph Suaali'i, has a history in rugby, having played Australian Schoolboys in union as a teenager.

It is not the first time Suaali'i's signature has resulted in a tug of war between the two codes, as the now Samoan international was heavily sought after by NRL clubs and Rugby Australia back in 2020.

Additionally, Eels star, Will Penisini captained the King's School First XV rugby union side through an undefeated season back in 2020.