The former One NZ Warriors captain has signed a three-year deal to return to Mt. Smart.
Tuivasa-Sheck switched to rugby union in late 2021, playing for Auckland and the Blues. He appeared three timegs for the All Blacks, making his international union debut against Ireland in July 2022.
‘It’s hugely exciting knowing Roger is coming back to us, back to his home at Mount Smart Stadium,’ said One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George on the club’s website.
‘When he went to rugby union he did so knowing he was always welcome back here if he wished to return to rugby league. We couldn’t be more delighted it’s happening.
‘He’s popular with the players and a real fan favourite. It’s going to be so good seeing him back in our jersey.’
While he was excited by a return to Mt. Smart, Tuivasa-Sheck said his focus for now was on the current Blues campaign for the Super Rugby Pacific playoffs.
‘I’m excited to go back and play league but for now I’m pretty pumped for the season we have in front of us for the Blues and [we’re] looking forward to making a push for the playoffs.’
Playing for the All Blacks, he said, was the fulfilment of a ‘childhood dream.’
‘I’ve come in and got a new outlook on rugby, and there are some things I could potentially take back and hopefully improve my game, or improve the way I play.’
Blues CEO Andrew Hore paid tribute to Tuivasa-Sheck, ‘Roger is a consummate professional and we thank him for his contribution to the club.’
Blues coach Leon McDonald said, ‘It takes a special kind of athlete to do what Roger has done. He was really finding his feet in the midfield early on this season before picking up an injury. The work ethic and diligence he’s put into his craft in his time with the Blues is certainly something he can be proud of.’