Moeroa to depart Eels at season’s end to return to his rugby roots

Departing Parramatta Eels forward Tepai Moeroa

Rugby league or rugby union? It can be a hard choice for someone who grew up with both. After a lengthy Parramatta Eels stint, Tepai Moeroa will return to his rugby roots, signing with the NSW Waratahs.

Off-contract at season’s end, Moeroa made the decision to return to union and has signed a two-year deal with the Waratahs.

“I played rugby union throughout high school at Newington where I worked with Rappy [Tim Rapp – NSWRU General Manager of Rugby], it’s nice to be back and I’m really excited to represent the Waratahs,” Moeroa said.

Since debuting for the Eels in 2014, Moeroa has played in more than 100 games for the club with both highs and lows.

A two-time Australian schoolboy in rugby union, Tepai felt that it was the right time to get back into rugby union.

“I feel like this is the right time for me to come back [to rugby] and I’m in a position where I have time to get established in Super Rugby and then challenge myself to achieve more,” Moeroa continued.

“In speaking with Tim [Rapp] and Andrew [Hore] before signing I knew this was going to be a great place for me to reintroduce myself to the game to develop and achieve those goals.

“The Waratahs are home to some fantastic players, I’m looking forward to working with them and getting started in the pre-season.”

 

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