Warriors star leaves NRL to join All Black tour
The world’s most famous and successful rugby team often takes “trainees” on trips abroad to help accelerate their development and understanding of the All Blacks setup. The Kiwis are scheduled to tour the United States and Europe in late October.
His two-year contract with the Super Rugby franchise, Auckland Blues and New Zealand Rugby, does not officially begin until November 1.
The next goal is to represent New Zealand at next year’s Rugby World Cup, where good judges believe that Tuivasa-Sheck, who played 195 games for the NRL, and primarily as a fullback, would be an ideal center on or off.
Tuivasa-Sheck suffered a concussion against Penrith, missed last weekend’s beating of South Sydney and was due to play the Wests Tigers on Friday.
Tigers coach Michael Maguire is also in charge of New Zealand and while he’s heartbroken to not have Tuivasa-Sheck on board for the World Cup at the end of the year, before New Zealand pulled out of the tournament, you will be grateful that your club does. I don’t have to try to contain it.
Tuivasa-Sheck returned home to his family during the club’s rest round early last month, and they did not make the trip to Queensland.
Like all Warriors fans, Tuivasa-Sheck was disappointed in where his side of the NRL ladder sat. They have been on the road for the better part of two seasons due to COVID, and after a week in quarantine from Queensland, opposing players have quickly appreciated what the Warriors have endured.
“I hope the fans see me as someone who put it all on the field and did the best he could every time. [If they do] I’ll be happy with that, ”Tuivasa-Sheck said.
Warriors CEO Cameron George received a call early Sunday morning from Tuivasa-Sheck saying, “Are you next to your computer? I want to email you.” He then met with George and Coach Nathan Brown in the equipment room of their Gold Coast hotel and reviewed the options.
“That was my Sunday downtown,” George joked.
“There wasn’t much to do on Sunday, but it certainly injected some action into my life.
“Roger has guided us through the most difficult times in the history of our club, and this is one way we can make up for it. [with a leave pass].
“There are no problems between us and Roger, it is about finding the best solution during a very challenging time.”
Tuivasa-Sheck backed his apparent fullback heir Reece Walsh and said of the teenager: “Reece can be a superstar in this game, he’s already shown sparkles, there are still things he needs to polish, but he’s a 19-year-old. … it’s going to be something special in the future. “
Tuivasa-Sheck won the 2018 Dally M medal and took the 2013 title with the Sydney Roosters as winger.