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Thursday 14 December 2017

Leinster clinch signing of Tuqiri on a short-term deal

Lote Tuqiri proudly shows off his new Leinster jersey today
Lote Tuqiri proudly shows off his new Leinster jersey today

LEINSTER have confirmed the signing of Wallaby star Lote Tuquri on a short-term deal.

"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," said Leinster coach Matt O'Connor.

"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.

"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."

Tuqiri (33) was born in Namatakula, Fiji and played rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos and the Australian Kangaroos between 1999-2002.

He made his international rugby union debut for Australia against Ireland in Perth in June 2003 and went on to become Australia's star player at the Rugby World Cup, scoring  a try in the final against England.

Tuqiri made 67 appearances for the Wallabies, including four caps came against Ireland.

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