Ben Te’o’s mooted return to the NRL is off the cards with the former Origin back-rower committing to a two-year deal with English rugby outfit Worcester.
Rumours have been rife in league circles for months that the Rabbitohs premiership winner would be back in rugby league by the end of 2016, with former club Brisbane a favourite to secure his services.
Having played the last of his seven Origins for Queensland in 2014, Te’o’s status as one of the game’s elite back-rowers had plenty of clubs keeping an eye on him despite his code switch in October last year.
But after making his rugby debut with Irish side Leinster and playing 23 games for the club, Te’o will now link with Aviva Premiership side Worcester, signing on for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
“Everything’s in place for Worcester to become a successful club, competing in the top tier,” Te’o said in a statement on the club’s website.