'He's always been a freak' - Ex-All Blacks prop backs Kiwis' Nelson Asofa-Solomona for union switch

Former All Blacks prop Neemia Tialata says that Kiwis rookie Nelson Asofa-Solomona has everything it takes to succeed in rugby union - should he decide to switch codes.

After a breakout season with the Melbourne Storm in the NRL, Asofa-Solomona is currently with the Kiwis, preparing to take on Fiji in this weekend's World Cup quarter final in his hometown of Wellington.

His cousin - 43-Test All Blacks prop Tialata - reckons that Asofa-Solomona would do just as well in an All Blacks jersey, than in the black and white of the Kiwis.

"He's always been a freak," Tialata told 1 NEWS.

In 2013 the bulldozing forward was a star for Wellington College, tonight he’ll take the field in the NRL Grand Final. Source: Seven Sharp

"I probably could see him in the back row somewhere, or out in the centres."

Tialata also said that Asofa-Solomona's background, which saw him switch from union to league in his youth, would serve in good stead should he wish to cross back over.

"Obviously coming from a rugby union family and background, it would be easy for him to make the switch later on."

Neemia Tialata says that his cousin would shine if he crossed codes. Source: 1 NEWS