SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Te'o is tackled during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on September 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

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.



  1. as i was saying over a month ago …. he’s better off where he is anyway rather than being russell crowes lap dog again

  2. Ben achieved everything he had dreamed of with South Sydney. Rather than take up cap space in the forthcoming seasons he has made a personal sacrifice to stay in rugby union. Ben will be receive a badge of Merritt for his unyielding support of his beloved Rabbitohs. Thanks Ben, mate.

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