Born in Apia, Samoa Roger Tuivasa-Sheck AKA 'RTS' became one of the biggest names in rugby league since embarking on a professional sports career in 2012 and nine years later he has made the code switch.
RTS attended Otahuhu College in Auckland, where he played both rugby union and rugby league representing the New Zealand rugby union schoolboy team and captained Otahuhu College at the New Zealand Rugby League's Secondary Schools tournament in 2011 before being signed by the Sydney Roosters in October of that year. For the New Zealand Secondary Schools team, he played alongside the likes of All Blacks Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, and Ngani Laumape.
Tuivasa-Sheck spent time in the Blues youth set up but once the Roosters came knocking, he started his league career. His success in rugby league has included being judged as the best player in the National Rugby League (NRL) when he was awarded the Dally-M Medal in 2018. Tuivasa-Sheck was a shining light throughout his time with the New Zealand Warriors. While his first season in 2016 was blighted by an ACL injury he has missed only six games in the last four years.
Across his five seasons at the club he maintained exceptional statistics in the level of his involvement exemplified by his metres gained - an average of 175 a game in seven appearances in 2016, 181 in 23 in 2017, 178 in 23 in 2018, 206 in 23 in 2019 and 220 in 18 in 2020. He was named the club's player of the year in three consecutive seasons - 2017, 2018 and 2019 - as well as becoming the first Warrior to take out the Dally M Medal as the NRL's player of the year.
Coming back from knee surgery in 2017, RTS also had the added responsibility of the captaincy at the club while he also represented New Zelaand in Rugby League between 2013 and 2019 scoring 14 times in 20 appearances.
In January 2021, he announced that he would change codes after reaching agreement with the club to finish his contract a year early. He links up with Auckland for the 2021 NPC season before he will make his debut in Super Rugby in 2022.
JW April 2021
|2022 - present|
|2021 - present|