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Fifita considering rugby union switch

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Cronulla Sharks star forward Andrew Fifita is reportedly considering switching from rugby league to rugby union, as his club gets ready to respond to the NRL’s sanctions over the supplements scandal.

Fifita, who was part of the World Cup-winning Kangaroos squad, has had a meeting with Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

The powerful front-rower played rugby union as a teenager and was in the Brumbies junior development squad while also playing junior rugby league.

Fifita is one of 14 players off-contract after 2014 at the Sharks, at a time when the club is facing an uncertain future.

Cronulla will hold a board meeting on Thursday night to discuss the sanctions handed down by the NRL over the 2011 supplements program.

A replacement for suspended coach Shane Flanagan is also on the agenda.

Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh told Channel Nine the loss of Flanagan hurts the most.

“It will leave a tremendous hole, I think,” Keogh said.

“Once again people close to the club know what Shane means to the club, he has really been the driving force and glue behind that club, he is the heart and soul of the Cronulla Sharks.”