Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has spoken for the first time since it was revealed he will be leaving the rugby league at the end of the 2021 season to play rugby union.
It is understood that the winner of the Dally M 2018 will play Super Rugby for the Blues next season, with the long-term goal of playing for the All Blacks at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Speaking for the first time alongside Warriors CEO Cameron George and coach Nathan Brown, Tuivasa-Sheck confirmed he will be leaving the NRL at the end of the season.
“This will be my last year with the club and yes, I will move to NZ rugby next year,” he said.
“The club supported the request and gave me the opportunity to explore.
“Rugby was the game I grew up on. He’s always been there in the background. He’s always been there, it’s no secret.
“To do it now at a time like this and have the support of the club, which is why I chose him now.
“But rugby is all the way and it will all happen later in the year.
“2021 is my goal, I am excited about this year, as are the Warriors and the NRL fans.
“There are still a lot of goals I’m pursuing [in league] and that’s what I’m trying to do this year with the club.
“We have a great group here and coaching staff to do something special this year.”
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George said Tuivasa-Sheck’s decision to leave the NRL had been discussed “for a number of weeks” before the two sides agreed on a release for the end of the season.
“It’s not a bomb for the club,” said George.
“Peter O’Sullivan, myself and Roger have been discussing this for several weeks now.
“The important thing for us is to respectfully explore options with Roger and understand what his desires were.
“Ultimately Roger won the respect of the club for coming forward and determining the decision we came to.”
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