Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ben Te'o to join Worcester

from Leinster Rugby...

Te'o has played 23 times for Leinster scoring five tries since his move from the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the end of the 2013/14 season having just secured the NRL title with the Rugby League club.

He broke his arm on his debut against Edinburgh in October 2014 but still went on to play a further 12 times last season including the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final against Bath and the Semi-Final against Toulon. To date this season he has over 700 minutes to his name lining up in the outside centre jersey on ten occasions, scoring one try. Most recently he played in the Aviva Stadium in the Pool 5 game against Toulon.

Te'o, who had only recently expressed a desire to play international rugby at some stage in his career, will see out the current season with Leinster before making the move to Sixways and although born in Auckland, is eligible to play for England on his mother's side.

Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie Leinster Head Coach Leo Cullen said, "Although disappointed that Ben is leaving, on behalf of everyone at Leinster Rugby, we would like to wish Ben the very best with his move to Worcester and indeed with his quest to play international rugby.

"Ben is a very popular player within the group and we believe that he can still play a big part in our season. He showed in his last season with the Rabbitohs that he has the skill set to apply himself brilliantly in delivering some big performances on the way to helping his club win the NRL title in the full knowledge that he was joining Leinster."

Te'o said of his move to the Aviva Premiership side, "Warriors are in a very similar stage in their playing and cultural development that I found when I first joined the Rabbitohs and I look forward to making a similar contribution at Sixways.

"The investment in facilities and infrastructure is impressive and after speaking with Dean Ryan, it is clearly a Club which is on the up. Everything is in place for Worcester to become a successful Club competing in the top tier and I'm excited about getting started at Sixways.

"Finally I'd like to thank Leinster Rugby for giving me the opportunity to go back to Union and to the fans for their support in particular when out injured. I look forward to finishing the season with Leinster as strong as possible."



Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019