Exclusive club to get Nu member?

Frank-Paul Nuuausala was in the Roosters' 2014 World Club winning side
Frank-Paul Nuuausala was in the Roosters' 2014 World Club winning side
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Frank-Paul Nuuausala can join an exclusive club with victory today.

The Kiwi prop - nicknamed the Wrecking Ball - would become only the third player to win a World Club Challenge with both English and Australian clubs.

Nuuausala was in the Sydney Roosters team which beat Wigan three years ago.

Jason Cayless was the last player to achieve the ‘double’ a decade ago for St Helens - the same club he beat with Sydney Roosters in 2003.

Marcus Bai was the other player to achieve the feat, winning the WCC with Leeds in 2005 and Bradford the following year, having been a part of Melbourne’s winning side in 2000.

“That would be massive if I could do it,” said Nuuausala, a mid-season recruit from Canberra last year.

“It’d be good for the club and also to get one back for the England teams.”

Cronulla have used their trip to England to see the sights of London and Paris before relocating north, but Nuuausala has no doubts they will be taking it seriously.

“At the Roosters, all the World Cup players were back and we took it seriously,” said the Kiwi international, who turned 30 on Monday.

“We did a lot of video on Wigan, because we wanted to be No.1, and I know Cronulla will be up for this one.”

Nuuausala clashed with his current team-mate Micky McIlorum minutes before kick-off, as the teams switched sides.

“He said I put my shoulder in first, but I think it was him,” he laughed.

His team-mates in the 2014 WCC included Cronulla’s James Maloney and Daniel Mortimer.

Meanwhile, fellow prop Taulima Tautai will be going up against the club where he spent two years earlier in his career, and still has friends in the Sharks camp.

“I enjoyed my time at Cronulla - when I go back I plan to move down there, get a place by the beach... I can’t swim but my missus loves it,” he said.

“It all comes down to 80 minutes on Sunday. They’ll turn up and we will too, and we’ve just got to play our own game, and do what we’re good at. Whoever will bring their A game will take it away.”

There is one down side to this match - the 3pm kick-off means it will be screened in the early-hours of Sunday morning in Australia.

“My dad said it’s on too late - he’ll record it and watch in the morning when he wakes up,” added Tautai.