Former NRL enforcer Ben Te’o has renewed his commitment to European rugby union by signing a lucrative two-year deal with English outfit Worcester.
The former Queensland Origin star will leave current side Leinster at the end of the season to link with Worcester, quashing any chance there was of the 28-year-old returning to the NRL in the near future.
Last year’s runners-up Brisbane, where Te’o played for four seasons, had been mentioned as a potential landing spot for the talented back-rower.
However Te’o, who qualifies for England through his mother, will instead pursue a goal to crack the national squad under their newly-appointed Australian coach Eddie Jones.
After breaking his arm during his club debut, Te’o has played 23 times for Leinster, as a centre, and scored five tries.
He likened Worcester’s team culture to that of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with whom he won an NRL premiership last year.
“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,” he said.
“Everything is in place for Worcester to become a successful club competing in the top tier.