Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's return to rugby union came as no surprise to his former coach, Sydney Roosters boss Trent Robinson.
Tuivasa-Sheck, 27, will leave the Warriors at the end of the 2021 NRL season, returning to rugby union in the hopes of making the All Blacks leading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
The former Auckland schoolboy rugby star will now have to transition back to union, having initially switched to league when he joined Robinson and the Roosters.
The Warriors captain could face his former side for the last time on Sunday, with both sides only scheduled to meet once in the NRL's regular season.
Speaking to AAP, Robinson said he was happy for Tuivasa-Sheck, backing his former charge to make the most of his return to the 15-man code.
"It's exciting for Roger. He's a driven guy who has done a lot in our game," he says.
"He came across and had to learn the game of rugby league. He was definitely a rugby union player when he came across.
"He's obviously got that itch he needs to scratch to go and play rugby union and see what he can do at the highest level."
The pair worked together for three years at the Roosters, winning the NRL premiership in 2013 before Tuivasa-Sheck returned to New Zealand with the Warriors in 2016.
Tuivasa-Sheck's Warriors and Robinson's Roosters will face off in the NRL's round four on Sunday, with the two sides meeting at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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