South Sydney sign ex-Wallaby ace Lote Tuqiri

Last updated 15:09 21/01/2014
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BUNNY BOUND: Lote Tuqiri in action for the Wallabies against the All Blacks in 2008.

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South Sydney have recruited dual international Lote Tuqiri to help prepare the club's talented brigade of young players coming through the ranks.

Tuqiri, aged 34, played rugby union in Ireland with European giants Leinster after he finished his stint with the Wests Tigers, was also described by Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire as a genuine contender to play in the top grade.

"Lote has played the game at the highest level for many years and the experience he will bring to our young backline will be invaluable," Maguire said.

"He's expressed a desire to continue to play top level Rugby League in our discussions and he will have a chance to be selected in our top 17 based on his performances as we head towards round one and the Roosters.

"We're looking forward to having him join the side for pre-season training and seeing the influence he can have on the young players we have in our squad."

Tuqiri, whose 2013 season was frustrated by a broken arm, represented Australia in league and union over a 15-year career. He played 151 NRL matches since making his debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 1999, playing 99 times for the Broncos and 52 games for the Wests Tigers.

Tuqiri said he was looking forward to joining the Rabbitohs and wanted to stamp his authority on the club. "I'm really excited to be back and to be part of a club that's on the way up", Tuqiri said. "The club has some very talented youngsters and some of the superstars of the game, and it's exciting for me to be part of the Rabbitohs now."

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