NRL

Code-hopper Rona joins Force

Canterbury Bulldogs NRL winger Curtis Rona will swap rugby league for rugby union after joining Western Force.

A member of Western Force academy before moving to rugby league in 2009, Rona has signed a two-year deal to make the switch to the 15-man code.

The powerful 24-year-old has scored 39 tries in 53 appearances, since debuting in NRL with North Queensland Cowboys in 2014.

"The signing of Curtis is good for us on a number of levels," interim Western Force head coach Dave Wassels said.

"Obviously being a local boy him coming home means a lot as we look to keep growing rugby in the state and the second thing is that he's a weapon.

"He has been incredibly successful in the NRL as one of the leading try scorers in the competition and is a really exciting player. At 24 he is still very young so we feel he fits nicely in our plans for our backline.

"At this stage with his size and speed and what he has done on the wing in the NRL we are looking at him as an outside back."