I’m stay­ing put, says War­riors star

The Timaru Herald - - Sport - Marvin France

Roger Tuiv­asa-Sheck has ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion at be­ing reg­u­larly linked with a move to rugby union af­ter con­firm­ing he would be play­ing with the War­riors in 2021.

With so much un­cer­tainty around where the Kiwi club will be based next year due to the trans-Tas­man bor­der re­stric­tions, the in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain has twice been linked with a switch to the 15-man code over the last month.

War­riors chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Ge­orge moved quick to quell fears over the week­end that the for­mer school­boy rugby star may not be at the club next year fol­low­ing com­ments from in­com­ing coach Nathan Brown that sug­gested he was not locked in.

Tuiv­asa-Sheck left no doubt as to where his com­mit­ment lies yes­ter­day and hopes this will put an end to the rugby ru­mours.

‘‘It is be­cause it’s a sim­i­lar story that hap­pens pretty much ev­ery year,’’ he said when asked if he was frus­trated by the spec­u­la­tion. ‘‘But I’m here in 2021 with the War­riors and this is where I’ll be play­ing, def­i­nitely.

‘‘It’s some­thing that’s hap­pen­ing all over the world, a lot of ca­reers have been ques­tioned. It’s just an­other story that’s been chucked around but I’m play­ing with the boys next year and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.’’

The War­riors, who have been based in Aus­tralia for the en­tire NRL cam­paign due to the coronaviru­s pan­demic, play their fi­nal game of the sea­son against Manly to­mor­row. How­ever, Tuiv­asa-Sheck will be watch­ing from the side­lines af­ter suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury dur­ing last week’s loss to Can­berra.

■ For­get for­ward-plan­ning or a foren­sic re­view of what could have been in 2020, the last 80 min­utes of the Wests Tigers’ NRL sea­son will be a cel­e­bra­tion.

Tonight the club will farewell club leg­ends Benji Mar­shall and Chris Lawrence.

Mar­shall is the phys­i­cal em­bod­i­ment of

the club’s iden­tity while Lawrence is one of the staunch­est club men to ever play the game.

And af­ter a tough sea­son, they both de­serve the chance to smile.

‘‘They’ve been through all the ups and downs of club land, to be solid all the way through in many ways,’’ said coach Michael Maguire of Lawrence and Mar­shall yes­ter­day.

Roger Tuiv­asa-Sheck won’t be wav­ing good­bye to the War­riors any time soon.

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