Leinster confirm signing of Tuqiri on short-term deal
Leinster coach Matt O’Connor welcomes addition of former Australian international to his squad
New signing Lote Tuqiri pictured at Leinster training at UCD on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Leinster have confirmed the signing of former Australia winger Lote Tuqiri on a short-term deal.
The 33-year-old played rugby league at international level for Australia before switching codes and making his international debut for the Wallabies against Ireland in the 46-16 victory in Perth in June 2003.
The Fijian-born player went on to win 67 caps for Australia between 2003 and 2008 and returned to play international rugby league for a second time.
Announcing the signing, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor said: “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.”