Ben Te'o: 'I'm really enjoying rugby union and I probably want to stick around'

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Kiwi will choose to extend his time in Leinster.

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LEINSTER CENTRE BEN Te’o today said he wants to ‘stick around’ in rugby union, but would not be drawn on whether he would continue to ply his trade with Leinster beyond this season.

The bruising New Zealander arrived in Dublin last year after helping the South Sydney Rabbitohs claim the National Rugby League title in Australia.

Despite early injuries hampering his efforts to adapt to a new hemisphere and a new code, Te’o has been one of the most consistently impressive performers for both Matt O’Connor and new head coach Leo Cullen.

That form has clearly piqued the interest in Te’o across union. The Irish Times today reported that the Waratahs, along with a host of usual big-spending suspects in England and France are among the pack chasing Te’o's signature.

“That’s something that I’m in the process of sorting out,” said the Samoan rugby league international when asked whether he would stay in Leinster beyond the end of his current contract this summer.

In terms of the game of rugby union, it was a hard transition and at times there were thoughts about whether I’d be suited to go back to league. But I think I’m really enjoying rugby union and I probably want to stick around.”

Te’o, who will turn 29 in January, added:

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“I did enjoy last year. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable this year after doing a full pre-season. I’m enjoying every game I get to get out there in the midfield and mix it up with some of the great teams that we play.”

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