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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Kearney brushes off RTS exit talk

    Rumours of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's exit from the Warriors at the end of the 2018 NRL season are unfounded, coach Stephen Kearney says.

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    Stephen Kearney
    Stephen Kearney

    Warriors boss Stephen Kearney has labelled the rumours swirling around out-of-contract talisman and skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as "part and parcel of the business" of modern rugby league.

    Tuivasa-Sheck is in the final year of a three-year NRL deal with the Warriors and has been linked with several clubs in both rugby league and rugby union.

    He has reportedly long held an ambition to represent the All Blacks.

    Yet Kearney told reporters on Thursday he was unconcerned by the media chatter, saying he was "comfortable" with the pace of contract negotiations between Tuivasa-Sheck, his agent Bruce Sharrock and the club.

    "If I was looking for a fullback and didn't have a fullback and there was a space, I'd be talking to Roger too," Kearney said.

    "That's part and parcel of the business.

    "It's not a distraction, it's part of the business - it was the same issue last year with Shaun (Johnson) and it'll be the same next year with someone else.

    "It's been around for long enough."

    Captaining the side, Tuivasa-Sheck was a standout for the Warriors in an ultimately disappointing 2017 campaign, playing 23 games and scoring 10 tries.

    He was also named the Auckland-based club's player of the year.

    Should he switch from league to rugby in 2019, he may have a fairly difficult time earning a black jumper amidst a crowded back-three field.

    He'll have little time to earn the trust of coach Steve Hansen before the 2019 World Cup, while a score of prodigious backs - including Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie and Jordie Barrett - will play protagonists' roles in 2023.

    For the Kiwis, he would almost certainly retain his fullback role.


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