England rugby union international Ben Te’o has signed a deal to return to Brisbane Broncos for the 2020 season.
The 33-year-old returns to the NRL after seven years in the 15-aside game, playing for Leinster, Worcester, Toulon and, most recently, the Sunwolves club in Japan, as well as picking up caps for England and the British and Irish Lions.
The Sunwolves franchise have, however, been unable to enter a competition in 2020, losing their place in the international Super Rugby league and eventually folding altogether, making the back rower a free agent.
He was reportedly a target for Toronto throughout last season, however there was further interest from several NRL clubs once he became available.
Before his shift to union, Te’o made over 150 appearances for the Broncos, Wests Tigers and South Sydney, and played representative rugby for Queensland Origin and Samoa.
He will be a welcome addition to the Broncos, who are currently without Alex Glenn (calf cut) and David Fifita (knee) due to injury.
“It’s crazy how things work out but I’m just excited to get back playing rugby league and rip in with the boys and really work hard,” he said. “Brisbane is home to me and the Broncos have always looked after me and I feel welcome here – this is the perfect place to let me play.
“The club had a spot open and need some boys and I’m ready to come and help out and play my role for the Broncos.”