Although his focus is on the New Zealand Warriors for season 2021, a rugby union move for 2022 has now been confirmed for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Tuivasa-Sheck, a Dally M winner in 2018 and a two-time Dally M fullback of the year, Tuivasa-Sheck’s ultimate aim is to secure a berth with the All Blacks at the 2023 World Cup.

The desire to play union has always been a goal of Tuivasa-Sheck’s and he is grateful to the Warriors club for understanding.

“This will be my last year with the club and yes, I will be moving to NZ rugby next year,” Tuivasa-Sheck said.

“The club has been supportive in the request and giving me the option to explore.

“Rugby has been the game I’ve grown up playing. It’s always been there in the background. It’s always been there, it’s no secret.”

Despite the cat now being out of the bag, Tuivasa-Sheck says his focus is on the Warriors and their 2021 season.

“But rugby is down the line and all that stuff will happen later in the year,” Tuivasa-Sheck continued.

“2021 is my focus, I’m excited about this year and so should the Warriors and NRL fans be.

“There’s still a lot of goals I’m chasing [in league] and that’s what I’m trying to do this year with the club.

“We’ve got a great group here and coaching staff to do something special this year.”

New Zealand Warriors captain and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

The news comes as no surprise to Warriors management, with Cameron George confirming that he and others have been discussing it for weeks.

“This ain’t a bombshell for the club,” George said.

“Peter O’Sullivan, myself, and Roger have been discussing this for a number of weeks now.

“The important thing for us is to respectfully explore the options with Roger and understand what his desires were.

“At the end of the day, Roger has earned the respect from the club to come forward and determine the decision we have come to.”

 

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