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'Rumours are getting louder': RTS linked with return to former NRL club

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

All Blacks midfielder Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been linked with a sensational return to the Sydney Roosters, according to NRL premiership winner Brian Fletcher.


Tuivasa-Sheck will go down in history as one of the greatest New Zealanders to have ever starred in the 13-player game.

The sidestepping fullback won an NRL premiership with the Sydney Roosters in 2013, and later completed an incredible move across the ditch to the New Zealand Warriors.

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Tuivasa-Sheck was a shining light for the Warriors throughout some difficult campaigns; having become the first player in club history to win the Dally M medal in 2018.

But, like many New Zealanders, Tuivasa-Sheck dreamed of the black jersey.

Playing for the All Blacks is one of the greatest honour at New Zealander can achieve, and Tuivasa-Sheck realised that dream against Ireland in 2022.

But the 29-year-old has struggled to make his mark in rugby union.


Especially at international level, Tuivasa-Sheck has failed to live up to the hype and expectation that fans expected of him after his stunning code switch.

Late last year, rugby league insider The Mole indicated that Tuivasa-Sheck may return to the NRL with Wayne Bennett’s The Dolphins if he doesn’t make this year’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Now, just over a month later, the superstar has been linked with a return to Bondi.

“The rumours I keep hearing is Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) back to the Chooks. That’s what I keep hearing,” Fletcher said on SEN’s The Run Home with Joel and Fletch.


“When we cross over to our Kiwi friends, I’m going to ask them, because the rumours are getting louder and louder.

“I’m not geeing you up, the rumours are getting very, very strong.”

Many players have tried to jump codes, but not many have succeeded.

While there are obvious standouts including Israel Folau, Sonny Bill Williams and Lote Tuqiri, there are many who have struggled after making a move.

“They all come back after doing to the dark side – and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck could be the next to make the transition back to rugby league,” The Mole wrote last year.

“The lies of Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuqiri, Mat Rogers and Sam Burgess all tried their hand at the 15-a-side game with varying degrees of success in recent years before returning to league.”


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