Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's agent denies code-swapping report

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's agent has come forward this morning claiming a report the Warriors captain is switching to rugby union next year is "total speculation".

Radio New Zealand reports the star fullback's deal is "all but done" with some senior members of the New Zealand NRL team already in the know about the situation despite Tuivasa-Sheck yet to announce the news to the team.

However, Tuivasa-Sheck's manager Bruce Sharrock told the NZ Herald the report isn't true.

"The article that came out is total speculation, very disappointing. Roger is no further ahead in his decision making process than he was pre-Christmas," Sharrock said.

"I have 100 per cent have had no discussion, formal or informal, with the Blues, around the services of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck post 2018".

The deal lines up with Tuivasa-Sheck's current one at the Warriors which finishes at the end of this season.

It wouldn't be Tuivasa-Sheck's first taste of union either - he captained Otahuhu College's first XV and was also selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2011 before being signed by the Sydney Roosters.

Soon after signing with the Roosters, Tuivasa-Sheck said he still desired to return to rugby with the dream of one day being an All Black - a goal he has reiterated multiple times since.

RNZ reports Tuivasa-Sheck would play in the outside backs with the Blues his likely destination for a Super Rugby franchise.

Tuivasa-Sheck's manager did however say last October there had been discussions with New Zealand Rugby about a possible switch.

"It's entered discussions, I'm not going to deny that," Sharrock said.

"We've talked about it and we've certainly talked about it before.

"That's his background, the All Blacks are a world-recognised team with an amazing success rate. If you thought you were good enough to be a part of it, it's not a bad ship to be a part of," Sharrock added.

The All Blacks coach says the Warriors captain would be "a good player" in rugby union. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: 'I know, I've been there' - Benji Marshall sends heartfelt message of support to Bernard Tomic

Controversial Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic has received an offer of help from an unlikely Kiwi sportsman.

NRL star Benji Marshall has reached out to the tennis player after he made comments where he hinted at suffering from depression on reality TV show, 'I'm a Celebrity… get me out of here'.

"I actually felt really sorry for him after watching it," Marshall said.

"We need to get around our athletes and help out where we can.

"Times do get tough in the spotlight – I know, I’ve been there."

Tomic caused controversy while on the show when he said Australia could not win the Davis Cup title without him and that captain Leyton Hewitt knew it.

Hewitt has since confirmed Tomic is unlikely to represent Australia again.

"He's made some mistakes. It will be a long way back.

"He's digging a big hole for himself that he may never get out of."


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'We believe we can do something special' - David Fusitu'a bringing Mate Ma'a Tonga mindset to Warriors

Warriors winger David Fusitu'a has returned to his NRL team with plenty of valuable experience and a new mindset after an historic World Cup campaign with Mate Ma'a Tonga last year.

The 23-year-old scored five tries in the tournament, including a sensational hat-trick against the Kiwis in Tonga's 28-22 win as Tonga went on to become the first tier two nation to reach the semi-finals of Rugby League World Cup.

Now Fusitua says he feels that same belief Tonga had re-entering the Warriors camp ahead of this year's NRL competition.

"There's a little bit more experience, especially with the World Cup, and [I've] come away with a little bit more confidence.

"We believe we can do something special here and be the first team to do it here at the Warriors."

The Warriors have reached two Grand Finals since joining the NRL in 1995 but have lost on both occasions.

Fusitua says it won't be about implementing Tonga's strategies with the Warriors but instead using the same belief the Pacific team felt.

"I can do my best to replicate what I did in the World Cup or even be a better than that.

"The best thing is you come away from [Mate Ma'a Tonga] and you get a little bit of confidence from there so if that's what I can offer the team, that's what I'll do."

The Warriors have spent their pre-season with a training camp at Papamoa Beach where All Blacks captain Kieran Read came and spoke to them.

The team's first pre-season match is against the Storm in Rotorua next month.


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