All Blacks great tips ex-NRL star Roger Tuivasa-Scheck to become next dual international for NZ
All Blacks big tips, former NRL star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will make his debut for the global rugby powerhouse in a few weeks and join a rare group of doubles internationals.
Former Roosters and Warriors NRL superstar Roger Tuivasa-Sheck might not have been playing Super Rugby for long, but an All Blacks legend is sure he has what it takes to be named in the New Zealand squad. in July.
Cross-code winger Sir John Kirwan, who made 63 appearances for the All Blacks and spent two seasons with the Warriors in the ARL, believes that despite Tuivasa-Sheck having a different skill set than many others in the game of 15 men, is prepared. for success.
The 2018 Dally M Medal winner, who was primarily a fullback in rugby league, has transferred his incredible skills and athleticism seamlessly to the crucial union position of inside centre.
Tuivasa-Sheck did the most meters for the Blues in their Round 13 match against the Reds
In an interview with the Sydney Morning HeraldKirwan said his quick piety on the 12th jump shot would give the All Blacks a different string to their bow.
‘When you think of New Zealand rugby, traditionally we’ve had 12 that would take us to the go-ahead line. The Ma’a Nonu’s (ex All Black) of this world. But Roger does that with his feet. I think he has adapted very quickly,” he said.
The All Blacks’ next test is against Ireland in July, and if Tuivasa-Sheck manages to secure a debut he will be only the sixth player to represent New Zealand in both codes since rugby turned professional in 1996.
The star fullback played 20 games for the Kiwi rugby league team, scoring 14 tries.
In a separate interview, Kirwan, who came close to winning both caps, compared the Blues center to New Zealand’s last double international, former NRL Premier Sonny Bill Williams.
‘To me, he’s Sonny Bill Williams… he’s got an X factor. I’d put him right away. I’ve seen enough in his two games,’ he told the All Blacks YouTube show. The fall last month.
Since making his Super Rugby debut for ladder leaders Auckland Blues in Round 2, Tuivasa-Sheck has managed to shake off a shoulder injury and has impressed team-mates, opponents and pundits alike with his professionalism, one percent and silky abilities.
His acceleration down the line is a sight to behold, and he’s also attached his famous step and unload. His transition to both the Blues, and potentially the All Blacks, is made even easier by playing outside star Beauden Barrett.
Tuivasa-Sheck playing Melbourne Rebels in Round 12
Barrett, who has over 100 caps for New Zealand, has called his team-mate a ‘monster’, and Australian fans will get to see them strut their stuff this Saturday when the Waratahs take on the Blues at Leichardt Oval.
Tuivasa-Sheck and his team-mates have already secured top spot on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder ahead of the finals, but with a World Cup next year, the man known as ‘RTS’ looks set to become a key member of the All Blacks setup. .