Ahead of Australia's Quarter-Final showdown with Samoa, Kangaroos centre Josh Dugan has revealed he was extremely close to making a shock code switch to rugby union.
Dugan told New Corp, he was in deep discussions with Japanese and French rugby union clubs before eventually signing with the Cronulla Sharks.
"I was pretty close to going to Japanese rugby at one point," Dugan told News Corp.
"I spoke to two Japanese rugby teams. It was when the contract talks at the Dragons were happening. I looked at different options.
"Sometimes you have to look after yourself and your family. One of the deals from Japanese rugby was very good and pretty hard to turn down.
"My love of this game and my love of this sport and playing for the Kangaroos overtook (the money on offer).
"I was nearly going to take the pay cut at the Dragons to stay at the NRL so I could play Origin and play for Australia.
"I knew if I went to rugby for a year or two, I would be 30-odd and I would have a slim-to-none-chance of being in the rep sides. I wanted to finish on a high note in league.
"There still might be a chance down the track that I end up in rugby but for the next four years I’m looking forward to playing at Cronulla."