NZ Rugby confirms Blues, Auckland deal for Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

NZ Rugby confirms Blues, Auckland deal for Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has signed a two-year deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and aligned with the Blues and Auckland.

NZR confirmed Tuivasa-Sheck’s contract on Saturday and the Blues will hold a press conference this morning.

The Warriors captain will switch to rugby after the 2021 NRL season and has signed with NZR through to the end of 2023.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will join the Blues in 2022.

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will join the Blues in 2022.

“It has been a dream of mine for a long time to one day play rugby union again, to get this opportunity with New Zealand Rugby, the Blues and Auckland is exciting,” he said in a statement.

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“The timing feels right to do this now. That said, I have a big year ahead of me and will turn my attention to this opportunity later in the year.”

Tuivasa-Sheck’s move to rugby was confirmed last Saturday and the rugby league star is hoping to make the All Blacks ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck playing rugby for Otahuhu College’s First XV in 2011.

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck playing rugby for Otahuhu College’s First XV in 2011.

The 27-year-old will link up with Auckland for the Mitre 10 Cup later this year. He last played rugby for the Blues development squad after turning out for Otahuhu College’s First XV before signing with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL in 2011.

The Blues were always favourites to secure his signature for Super Rugby because of his Auckland connections.

“The Blues are thrilled to have Roger wearing our colours from next year. His roots were in rugby and we know he will be an exceptional player,” Blues chief executive Andrew Hore said in a statement.

“More importantly he is an outstanding leader who will embrace the links we are creating in the wider community. Roger will be a superb contributor to our club, and we hope his fans will follow him to Eden Park next season.”

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