'We're not being bullied' - Warriors refuse to back down over Etene Nanai-Seturo future

The Warriors won't be bullied by New Zealand Rugby over the future of youngster Etene Nanai-Seturo, Warriors chief executive Cameron George says.

Nanai-Seturo, 18, is contracted to the Warriors until the end of next year, although he's made his intentions to switch codes to rugby union clear to the Auckland NRL club.

The young talent was picked for the New Zealand side to compete in Sydney last week, before being selected to play in Hamilton this weekend.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, George says that his club will do everything they can to keep the youngster for the duration of his contract, despite the intentions of New Zealand Rugby.

"New Zealand Rugby know we are in dispute over who is the employer. I've used the word disrespect and that's how they choose to play in these circumstances. We would never do that. That's their call," he said.

"The big bully tactic? We're not being bullied at all, we're standing our ground here. I have an obligation to protect the Warriors and we have a responsibility to be professional and never disrespect another code in the manner we are dealt with."

"You can draw your own conclusion over whether we have been bullied, but I'm not moving. I'm standing for what I believe in principle is correct."

It has been reported that the 18-year old has signed with the Chiefs, despite still being contracted by the Auckland NRL side.

Nanai-Seturo made his debut for the All Blacks Sevens last weekend in Sydney, despite the tug-of-war. Source: 1 NEWS


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



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."