RUMOUR | Lions and England star 'set for shock rugby league return' - Ruck

RUMOUR | Lions and England star ‘set for shock rugby league return’

England international Ben Te’o could be set to make his return to rugby league, according to reports in Australia.

According to The Australian and The Daily Telegraph, the 33-year-old is a potential target for several NRL clubs, with Brisbane Broncos reportedly leading the way.

Te’o is currently contracted to the Sunwolves club in Japan but is training in Brisbane after rugby union, like the majority other sports, was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He made over 150 NRL appearances during stints with Wests Tigers, Brisbane and South Sydney and represented Queensland Origin and Samoa before joining Leinster Rugby in 2014.


He has since played for Worcester Warriors and Toulon, as well as being selected by Eddie Jones to play for England and Warren Gatland to represent the British and Irish Lions.

The Australian understands a handful have already expressed an interest in signing Te’o for the remainder of this season if and when the competition is up and running.

His former clubs Brisbane and Souths would appear the most logical fits given he has previously played with both.

Back in 2015, these five England youngsters were tipped for stardom

Back in 2015, Wales Online released a list of 25 potential stars of the future who could become household names.

Five England youngsters made the cut, but they’ve had mixed fortunes to say the least in the five years that have followed.

Here’s what they’re up to now…

1. Charlie Ewels

What they said:  The Bath second-row captained England to Six Nations success after being part of the World Cup winning side from last year in New Zealand.

Where they are now: A senior-call up was not far behind with Ewels showing his world-class pedigree in the Bath Rugby ranks. The second rower made his bow off the replacement bench during England’s 58-15 victory over Fiji in 2016.  Still with Bath, the 24-year-old has struggled to break into the England side on a regular basis due to the consistency of Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes, but has accumulated 12 caps.