Frank-Paul Nuuausala to retire at end of season

Sydney Roosters forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2007 and spent eight years there before joining Canberra Raiders, where he played 31 games.

Nuuausala made the switch to Super League in 2016 with Wigan Warriors and played 47 games for the Cherry and Whites. He was part of Wigan’s squad that won the Super League Grand Final in 2016 and World Club Challenge in 2017.

On his decision to retire, Nuuausala said: “This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, and I know that it’s the right time.

“I’m so grateful for everything rugby league has given me. Playing the game I love has given me so much. I have been able to provide a better life for my family and to share experiences beyond my wildest dreams.

“To the Canberra Raiders and Wigan Warriors, thank you for many special moments.

“To the Club that has had the biggest impact on my life on and off the field. Thank you to the Roosters for believing in me and for taking me in as a young kid. I bleed red, white and blue and I am a better man for my time with the club.

“Having the chance to return to the Roosters this year, and to have my career end where it began, with my wife Brodee and son Kobee-John by my side, means the world to me.”

Nuuausala moved back to the Roosters from the Warriors earlier this year and has made two first-grade appearances so far in 2018.

And Roosters head coach Trent Robinson has thanked Nuuausala for his contribution to the club.

Robinson said: “A man of integrity who has always led with his actions, Frank has made a significant contribution to the Roosters over the last decade.

“Frank typifies what makes rugby league so special.

“He has had to overcome many hurdles throughout his career, and the result of that is a man who has not only left his imprint for his on-field achievements, but just as importantly, since his return to the club, he has had an enormous impact on our playing squad and the development of players through to NRL.”

Nuuausala earned 15 caps for New Zealand, scoring five tries.