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26th Dec 2016

Ben Te’o showing signs of regret over move to struggling Worcester Warriors

Dreams of playing for England may have hampered his club career.

Sean McMahon

The former Leinster centre is shocked at his club’s current plight.

Fans were undoubtedly disappointed when Ben Te’o announced around this time last year that he was to move to Premiership outfit Worcester Warriors at the end of the season.

However, it was no secret that the former rugby league star harboured ambitions to represent England.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Te'o of England charges towards Rob Simmons of Australia during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

His mother is from an area near West Ham in London and he holds a British passport, so for him, it was never a difficult decision to make.

Te’o made his debut for England in their win over South Africa at Twickenham a few weeks ago but although he is very proud and happy with how his international career is proceeding, his club career is a different matter.

The Warriors are just six points above bottom-of-the-table club Bristol Rugby. Speaking to The Daily Mail, Te’o said:

“I never envisaged being in this survival battle, I thought this was a club that had come up, would stay up and really kick on. That’s what I thought; top eight, top four then grand finals. It’s not really been what I thought it would be.

“It’s hard to put my finger on it. Leadership from the top down? I don’t know which direction the club’s going. The standard of players? We probably don’t have the quality. Honestly, we’ve got some good players but we probably need to add.”

It’s definitely a change of scenery for Te’o and although he needed a move to the Premiership to fulfil his ambition of playing for England, it would not be surprising if he thought he should have stayed with Leinster for another year.

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