New Zealand full-back Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has said that his development into one of the best in the world in his position is partly down to the coaching of Steve McNamara.
Tuivasa-Sheck and McNamara worked together at Sydney Roosters this year, where McNamara was the assistant coach before taking up his other role as England head coach for this year’s three-Test series against the Kiwis.
And the man known as RTS says he’s looking forward to locking horns with McNamara on the international stage, and says his rapid development has something to do with McNamara’s coaching.
“He’s a good dude and I can’t wait to play against his boys and see what he has for us,” said Tuivasa-Sheck, who is moving to New Zealand Warriors for the start of the 2016 season as the replacement for the departed Sam Tomkins.
“This year I feel like I’ve progressed really well – I feel I own the full-back role now- and a lot of that is down to Steve, who’s our attack coach at the Sydney Roosters.
“He’s helped me so much week in, week out, giving me tips on how I can improve my game and helping me on ways of attacking. I play a major role in getting into the line and having the ball in my hands and he’s been helping me a lot in that.”