With the world of rugby league showing that allegiances constantly change towards countries, Dragons utility Kyle Stanley knows exactly what that is like – having said he would like to play for Australia previously.
Now however, citing his own personal reasons as the change in heart – Stanley has said that he would like to represent New Zealand at international level, and follow in the footsteps of his older brother Chase, who is currently playing for Dragons NSW Cup feeder team, the Illawarra Cutters.
“I said last year that I wanted to play for Australia but things change and I want to play for New Zealand,” Kyle said.
“At the end of the day, it was a personal decision.”
The international eligibility of Stanley was also raised last year, with New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney visiting Stanley’s home in 2010, to determine who he wanted to play for, at the international level.
Although that talk did take place, Stanley says that he had no influence in his decision from Kearney, or anyone else.
“I havenâ€™t had a chat with him,â€™â€™ Kyle said. â€˜â€˜Iâ€™ve spoken to him in the past but he didnâ€™t influence me. No one influenced me.”
With the opportunity to play alongside his brother at the international level, he simply could not pass the opportunity up – not to mention Stanley is keen to emulate the success of his uncle John Stanley, as a NZ international.
“Chase is there and my family are from New Zealand,” Kyle said.
“So I chose New Zealand. It is exciting times.”