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Leinster confirm Tuqiri deal

18th September 2013 16:45

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Lote Tuqiri Wests Tigers NRL 2012

Done deal: Lote Tuqiri

Leinster have confirmed the contract of former Wallaby wing Lote Tuqiri, who will join the RaboDirect PRO12 champions on a short-term deal.

A decorated dual international, the 33-year-old was born in Namatakula, Fiji and is a legend of the world game. He represented the Brisbane Broncos and the Kangaroos between 1999-2002.

Following his switch to rugby union, he made his international debut against Ireland in Perth in June 2003 (which the home side won 45-16) and immediately made an impact, being Australia's star player at the Rugby World Cup where he scored a try in the final against England.

He continued to play for the Waratahs and the Australian Wallabies between 2003-08, including another World Cup in France in 2007. In all he made 67 appearances for the Wallabies, of which four caps came against Ireland.

Tuqiri then left Australian rugby for a season with the Leicester Tigers in England where he excelled before the West Tigers lured him back to Rugby League and he fulfilled his dream of again playing for the Kangaroos on his return.

"We are delighted to welcome a player of Lote's calibre and his enthusiasm to make a positive impression at Leinster is exciting for both his new team-mates and supporters alike," said Leinster coach Matt O'Connor.

"A consummate professional, Lote has an enormous wealth of experience in the game and we believe that he will play an important role in the squad over the coming weeks."

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