Player Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Starting a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck dedicated thread so we can follow his career through news, articles and posts. The other signing one has been too far polluted with posts about the Pom.

Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck signs with Warriors for three years
Last updated 14:58, April 8 2015

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has joined the Warriors on a three-year deal and will play for the club from next season, while Sam Tomkins will return to England.

As reported in January, the NZ franchise were interested in bringing the Kiwis and Roosters fullback back to Auckland and they are believed to have paid over $800,000 for his services.

Tuivasa-Sheck will be a like-for-like replacement for Tomkins, who will leave the club a year early having failed to settle in New Zealand.

The Warriors have been trying to help a homesick Tomkins adjust to life in New Zealand, but this hasn't happened and there was a feeling this was affecting his performances.

He'll leave the country at the end of the season and be able to play without any pressure now a decision has been made.

Tomkins showed just how talented he is in the couple of games he played this year before getting injured and it's no coincidence the club's performances dropped away in losses to the Broncos and Storm in the past fortnight.

Tuivasa-Sheck grew up in South Auckland and was nabbed by the Roosters, despite the Warriors also showing strong interest in him.

The 21-year-old won the award for the winger of the year in the NRL last season and has been in stunning form again this year after his switch to fullback, replacing the retired Anthony Minichiello.

In the club's loss to the Sharks last weekend, Tuivasa-Sheck ran for over 300 metres.

The Warriors have been looking to land a marquee signing for a number of months, but missed out on Kieran Foran, Trent Merrin and Jason Taumalolo.

Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said the club had reluctantly agreed to allow Tomkins to return to England a year before the end of his contract in 2016, but was delighted to secure Tuivasa-Sheck on a long-term contract.

"He came here excited about testing himself in the NRL and also experiencing living in a new country but, in the end, Sam has found it too much of a challenge being away from home," Doyle said.

"While we have talked with him and tried to work through it he has now come back to us to ask for a release at the end of the season.

"It's disappointing that it has come to this but reluctantly we have accepted there is no option but to allow Sam to return to England.

"For now, though, he is determined to finish his time with the Warriors in the best way he can. He's working to recover from his knee injury as soon as possible so he can regain his spot in the team."

Tomkins thanked the Warriors for their compassionate approach.

"I never imagined it would reach this point," he said.

"This is a great club and I can't say enough about the coaching staff. I love being with the lads and it's a brilliant country to live in but I can only be honest and say I miss home in ways I never thought I would.

"I'm truly grateful to the Warriors for agreeing to give me an early release and I am so determined to repay them for their consideration.

"All I want now is to get back out on the field to help us have a great season."

Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden said making a decision now about Tomkins' future should prove beneficial.

"This has been hanging over Sam at different times and there's no doubt it has affected him," he said.

"Now the way has been cleared and I'm sure he'll excel once again when he comes back from this injury.

"We've seen the quality he provides when he's in the side. He makes a huge difference to the way we play and I know how determined he'll be to contribute over the rest of the season."

While disappointed Tomkins wouldn't be with the club for the full term of his original contract, McFadden was elated about snaring Sydney Roosters star Tuivasa-Sheck.

"He's a wonderful talent and a fantastic signing," he said.

"He's still only 21 and has already made a real mark in the NRL and also for the Kiwis. To be able to bring a New Zealander back to our club from Australia is massive for us.

"While we're naturally thrilled and Roger is just as excited about coming home, we both have the same focus for the rest of the year.

"He's solely interested in doing all he can for the Roosters just as we know Sam wants to do the same for us."


Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
Well deserved.

This would of been down to our unique circumstances but will still take it. Any other year it probably would of went to Tamou for leading the Panthers to 17 straight wins and they would of cleaned up.

It was good to see RTS with more open field running towards the back end of the season. Hopefully he is in line to win it again next year as we are pushing the top of the ladder and he's doing more scoring and setting up and less work.

The way he is leading by example he really deserves a consisten top 8 side.


Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
So if true we need to advertise as follows:

Wanted to hire in a unique individual who has experience as a specialist fullback.

Priority will be given to someone who can run two hundred meters a game.

Support play and a kicking game optional.

Running off passes into holes a bonus, however on the job training will be offered if needed, our company has an international reputation for giving our employees time to develop, we have an expectation that the right candidate will hit these targets by year four.

Million dollar income potential.

Loyal fan support guaranteed, huge potential to outshine your peers in the back line team.

Big names with sponsorship potential may gain NZRFU offers.


Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
Is it just me who is thinking "well f**k off then!" lol

I am no friend of the Union, and I am not suggesting you are like me.

But basically piss off to leagues competitor and play ground bullies.

Hopefully it is just a beat up, I posted above a tongue in cheek post that he is very replaceable...and well he is...because you can buy most good fullbacks for his money....or use it to get t top half and an ok fb.

RTS could be doing us a huge favour by going.


Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
What am I reading? This is akin to blasphemy!
I’d be gutted to lose rts and I don’t think a player/ person of his quality is so easy to replace.
Not that I believe It anyway.
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May 20, 2019
Only fullback worth chasing would be Latrell Mitchell, would anyone here be interested in joey Manu at fullback if he wanted to come to New Zealand?

Where there is smoke there is fire, I will be absolutely gutted to see him leave the warriors but the blow softens a little that he's going to the all blacks.

Now I'm really excited at the likes of Paul Turner playing this year!

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