Moeroa: rugby switch was now or never

Tepai Moeroa switches from NRL's Parramatta Eels to rugby's NSW Waratahs

Tepai Moeroa switches from NRL's Parramatta Eels to rugby's NSW Waratahs

Parramatta Eels second-row Tepai Moeroa has made a decision to switch codes after he was signed by Super Rugby club Waratahs until 2021 season.

Moeroa grew up playing as a centre in rugby, going to school at Sydney's Newington College and making the Australian Schoolboys side, but a deal struck with Parramatta as a teenager meant he began his professional career in rugby league.

Tepai Moeroa has revealed it took him three hours of pacing back and forth in front of Brad Arthur's office to pluck up the courage to break news of his impending defection to rugby union to the Parramatta coach.

"The Waratahs are home to some fantastic players, I'm looking forward to working with them and getting started in the pre-season".

"I feel like this is the right time for me to come back [to rugby] and I'm in a position where I have time to get established in Super Rugby and then challenge myself to achieve more".

He is expected to return to rugby union as a midfield back.

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"We're making a lot of in-roads in keeping future Rugby talent in the game and are always investigating opportunities to bring our players back as well", Johnson said.

"My last contract negotiation was previous year, I was thinking of coming over to rugby, coming to the Tahs, but I'd just bought a house". I was fighting back the tears.

Tepai Moeroa (C) of the Eels is tackled by the Sharks defence. I don't want to get to my 30s and wonder what would have happened if I'd went to rugby. I just missed playing rugby, to be honest.

"Once they played a few years of club rugby they switched over to league because there are so many steps and pathways, from Harold Mathews to SG Ball, so many steps".

For now, Moeroa is dreaming of a fairytale finish with the Eels, although they who are seventh on the NRL ladder.

"That end goal is I want to have a good finish with Parra".

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