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Tuqiri-Tigers confirmed

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  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    WESTS TIGERS SIGN LOTE TUQIRI FOR THREE YEARS
    Thursday, 4 February 2010

    Wests Tigers has secured the services of dual international Lote Tuqiri for the next three seasons.

    In one of the biggest signings in its 11-year-history, Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys secured Tuqiri’s signature in Leicester this week.

    The three-year deal signals a full-time return to the NRL for Tuqiri.

    Tuqiri joins internationals Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall, Taniela Tuiaki and Gareth Ellis at Wests Tigers under Australian coach Tim Sheens.

    Mr Humphreys said securing Tuqiri was a great endorsement for Wests Tigers and the club’s prospects for the future.

    “We made it clear early on that should Lote be interested in returning to rugby league, then Wests Tigers were keen to accommodate him,’’ Humphreys said.

    “This club is about developing our local juniors to first grade but it is also good to attract high quality talent.

    “Lote attracted significant interest from European rugby clubs who have greater financial resources than we do.

    Tuqiri said he was glad to have his future settled and was looking forward to joining Wests Tigers.

    “There was plenty of speculation about my next career move. I was really appreciative of the interest I received from a number of clubs which made my decision that much harder,’’ Tuqiri said.

    “I really appreciate the fact Stephen came to Leicester to meet with my family. We had a really good talk about a range of things which greatly assisted us in making the decision we have now made.

    "I enjoyed my time in rugby union immensely and have been very fortunate to have made many great friends through my time in the code. The Leicester Tigers have been terrific to me and my family and we will never forget the warm hospitality they and their supporters have shown us.

    “I’m really excited to return to the NRL. There is no question it is one of the toughest sporting competitions in the world and I am confident Wests Tigers will enjoy great success in the coming years.

    “The opportunity to play under the most experienced coach in the game in Tim Sheens was a major factor in my decision. Wests Tigers is a club with a great culture and a terrific roster of players. I am thrilled to be joining them.”

    Wests Tigers Coach Tim Sheens was excited to have secured a quality player like Tuqiri.

    “Lote’s experience and ability will bring an X-factor to Wests Tigers,’’ Sheens said.

    “He has achieved more than most footballers and to have someone of his calibre in our team is a great addition to an already impressive squad of talented players.

    “I know one of the main driving reasons behind Lote’s decision is that he is very keen to break back into representative footy, something other players coming back from rugby union have been unable to do of late.”

    Tuqiri will complete his commitments with Leicester by the end of March before returning to Australia to join Wests Tigers.
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I liked him as a player when he gave me regular dividends as a try scorer for the Maroons. But he must be getting towards the back end of his career. I hope he does well (not against Manly). Still, I would have thought he would have got bigger bickies in lots of places rather than the NRL which says the offers weren't out there in Rugby.
     
  3. Mcatmos

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    Well.. we play them in round one so thankfully he'll still be over in the UK !
     
  4. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I heard an interview with the Tigers CEO on the radio today and he said that Lote will be back in Australia towards end of March and they are probably looking at Round 3 or 4 for his debut. So he'll miss the game against Manly.

    Not sure how Lote will go back in the NRL. His last couple of seasons with the Tahs and the Wobblies were pretty underwhelming on the whole. Time will tell I suppose.
     
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    They'll probably play him at 5/8, with Marshall @ 7.
     
  6. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Cant see him fitting in there - it just does not look right
     
  7. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No way he'll play 5/8. He'll start on the wing to find his feet again and then rumour has it Sheens is looking at him for fullback. I can't remember back that far, but did he play a bit of fullback in his early days at the Broncos ?
     

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