There is currently speculation that Roger Tuivasa-Sheck could be set for a return to the NRL.
After establishing himself as one of the game’s best players RTS made the move to Rugby Union in 2022 where he has since gone on to represent the New Zealand All Blacks.
However, his stint in Union may be coming to an end as The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Crawley is reporting that Tuivasa-Sheck could be open to a move back to the NRL in 2024 following the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
This news is sure to grab the attention of multiple clubs, five of which could desperately use the multi-code superstar at fullback.
Wayne Bennett’s side The Dolphins have been trying to secure a marquee signing for 2024 to no avail with Cameron Munster and Kalyn Ponga both re-signing with the Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights respectively.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Tesi Niu are both fine options in the role but neither has proven that they can match Tuivasa-Sheck’s ability as of yet, making him close to the best possible buy from the NRL’s newest franchise.
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Tuivasa-Sheck’s former club the New Zealand Warriors now find themselves without a star fullback as the 29-year-old’s protegee Reece Walsh has left the club to return to the Brisbane Broncos.
New Zealand currently lacks any real star power in their squad as their backline has seen better days but a returning RTS could change that and spark the beginning of a proper rebuild at the club.
CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs rebuild over the past two seasons has been admirable as the club could return to the finals for the first time since 2017 this year but they are missing experience and outright ability in a couple of key areas and fullback is one of them.
Having Tuivasa-Sheck as not only an established fullback but one of the best in the game would see the Bulldogs go from top eight hopefuls to finals certainties in 2024.
Kalyn Ponga is set to link up with Newcastle Knights recruit Jackson Hastings in the halves this season leaving a gap in depth and quality at fullack.
Lachlan Miller or Dane Gagai could fill that position well but like Tabuai-Fidow and Niu at the Dolphins neither player comes close to Tuivasa-Sheck in terms of ability and consistency in the role.
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Apart from the veteran Ben Hunt who was one of the NRL’s best in 2022 the St George Illawarra Dragons seriously lack star power in their spine with many giving them little hope of even finishing outside of the bottom four this season.
The Dragons do have a couple of options at fullback although ones that don’t enlist too much excitement from fans with Tyrell Sloan and Moses Mbye both also able to play in other positions making Tuivasa-Sheck an attractive prospect for the Red V in 2024.