Experienced forward strengthens Rams

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 14/09/2012

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Eddie Hei Hei has agreed to step in and help out the Southland Rams as they chase a spot in the South Island Provincial final.

Coach Warrick Anderson will not name his team for tomorrow's game until after their final training tonight, but he confirmed yesterday that Hei Hei would be in the mix.

He is likely to get a start at loose forward in the all-important game against Tasman in Invercargill.

Hei Hei is regarded as one of the best rugby league products to come out of Southland and was picked up by the Brisbane Broncos as part of their development system when he was younger.

He never cracked the NRL but did play in the Queensland Cup competition.

Hei Hei has also previously represented New Zealand at sevens rugby and played rugby for Manawatu in the national provincial championship.

On a return to Southland, the 32-year-old helped the Cooks win the Southland club competition this season but was initially unavailable to play for the Rams because of work commitments.

Anderson, however, said he had kept at Hei Hei and was delighted he would lineup against Tasman tomorrow.

"I've been asking him before we started playing. He's a very experienced player," Anderson said.

Other changes for the Rams could also be the introduction of the hard-running Arfi Peteru on the wing while Pale Tuilagi may also return to the fold after missing the win over West Coast.

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