Watch: 'When it happens, it happens!' Excited Dad-to-be Roger Tuivasa-Sheck poised to play on baby daughter's due date

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's commitment to the Warriors will be on full display this weekend with the fullback set to take the field against the Rabbitohs despite Saturday also being the due date for the birth of his baby daughter.

Tuivasa-Sheck admitted to media today there was no plan in place for if his child comes along just before the 7:30pm kick-off or during the game at Mount Smart Stadium.

"I'm going into it with my head on playing and if it happens, it happens," he said.

The 24-year-old missed last weekend's 24-14 win over the Eels in Sydney in case his daughter arrived early but with the Warriors hosting South Sydney this week, the juggling act became easier to manage.

"Everything is going well," he said.

"It's a first for me and Ashley, everything is new to us and we don't really know what to expect. So we're hanging in there and waiting for the birth."

Tuivasa-Sheck admitted he's been asking for tips from teammates away from the training field but when it's time to practice, it's a different story.

"When you're on the field you have to give it your all and make sure you're performing well.

"When I'm off the field I'm always asking the boys and trying to get tips off them. So it's a discipline thing that I've kind of mastered OK, but once baby comes, who knows?

"I'm not nervous or anything, I'm excited for everything to happen. I watched Ashley and how she's going, it's a first for us and every moment is exciting."

Tuivasa-Sheck also emphasised this was his decision and not one the club was pushing on him.

"The coaching staff and the club haven't put any pressure on me," he said.

"They'll support me in what I choose to do. But in myself, I really want to play and be there for the team."

The Warriors skipper admitted he doesn't have a plan for if his partner goes into labour during the Bunnies game. Source: 1 NEWS


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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns to starting line-up for Warriors' top-four clash with Bunnies as he awaits birth of first child

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is back to lead the Warriors for their top-four clash with the Rabbitohs this week after being named at fullback for Saturday's game at Mt Smart Stadium.

Tuivasa-Sheck missed last week's 24-14 away win over the Eels after he stayed in Auckland on baby watch to support his fiance who is due to give birth to their first child soon.

The 24-year-old's return at the back sees Peta Hiku shift back to the centres, which then sees Kiwi centre Gerard Beale move back to the bench listed at No. 18.

There are two other changes to the squad, with Simon Mannering being named to start in the second row while Isaiah Papali'i moves to the bench.

James Gavet has also been named to start at prop.

Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), David Fusitu'a, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Blake Green, Mason Lino, James Gavet, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Simon Mannering, Tohu Harris, Adam Blair.

Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Chris Satae, Bunty Afoa, Isaiah Papali'i, Gerard Beale, Karl Lawton, Albert Vete, Anthony Gelling.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Melbourne Storm v Vodafone Warriors during the Anzac Day round 8 match in the 2018 NRL season at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia. 25 April 2018. © Copyright photo: www.photosport.nz
Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Source: Photosport


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Manly Sea Eagles recruiting fans for Christchurch 'home game' after Q+A video-link session with in-awe students

With the Manly Sea Eagles opting to host some of their home matches in Christchurch over the next three years, it seems their stars are already busy talking league in Aranui.

Today students were treated to a live video link with the Manly players, which included local product Lewis Brown and Kiwis enforcer Martin Tapau.

Senior Rugby League Director Te Iwingaro Wairu was pleased the students at Haeata Community Campus were given the opportunity to talk and learn off some of their league heroes.

"The kids come in and they get the chance to ask questions to the professional players and so on," he said.

"They can see how they can get there."

With Manly hosting the Warriors in a few weeks time, it seems the Sea Eagles are already busy getting an extra voice in the crowd in what is looking to be a sell out match.

With home games in Christchurch over the next three seasons, Manly is taking early chances to spread their wings and reach in the city. Source: 1 NEWS