A great deal to return New Zealand Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to rugby union could be completed within a week.
The Herald understands that the deal is likely Tuivasa-Sheck to walk away from the league after the 2021 season – and sign a contract with New Zealand rugby with the goal of representing the All Blacks at the 2023 World Cup.
The code switch, first reported by the Australian Daily Telegraph newspaper, has yet to be completed, but sources have assured the Herald that discussions are ongoing and although there are still factors to be worked on, negotiations are likely to end in 27 years. – An ancient star that transitions to the symbol of 15 man.
The name Tuivasa-Sheck has been linked to rugby before, but now the timing appears to be right, with the defending star set to play the NRL campaign with the Warriors – his million dollar contract for 2022 has a player option – before moving on to rugby, where it will be the Blues, who played with him as a junior , Preferring to sign it.
The 2018 winner Dally M spent a training spell this summer with the All Blacks Sevens, and previously admitted to considering jumping ship to rugby ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
“It was close,” Toivasa-Cheek told the Herald at the time. “I really enjoyed the game and being in New Zealand, it’s rugby here 24/7, so there was a lot of noise going around.
“I did not [dismiss the idea]. I really enjoyed the Lions tour. That looked great, to play on that stage.
“We definitely had some discussions about it but at the end of the day I had to think about everything and chose the rugby league.”
Now, he appears to be making the move, with the understanding that the New Zealand Rugby will require Tuivasa-Sheck to switch tokens before 2022 – giving him the potential for two Super Rugby seasons – to be a World Cup pick.
Losing their inspiring captain after this season will be a severe blow to veterans and new coach Nathan Brown, especially after the efforts of Tuivasa-Sheck who led the team during their forced stay in Australia last season.
Tuivasa-Sheck was the only player his family did not join in Australia in 2020,
And he found it difficult to distance themselves from partner Ashley Walker and their young children Amara, 3, and Niko, 1, who started crawling when Toivasa Schick was leading the Warriors outside.
Last season Tuivasa-Sheck said, “Oh man, I’m thinking of going home all the time, especially when I’m watching an important event like this on my phone.”
“Just [the idea of] To be with my children and to be with my partner. “
Tuivasa-Sheck had to again say goodbye to his family last month while the Warriors were heading on another unlimited Australian tour, although his family is scheduled to join him next month in Terrigal.
This is now set to be his last season with the Warriors, as he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Sonny Bill Williams and Benji Marshall in switching from the top of the league in a bid to make the first Blacks team.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the warriors told Tuivasa-Sheck that they “won’t stand in his way to an early exit” but his contract will contain a clause stating that he must return to the Warriors, if he is playing in NRL again.