Canterbury Bulldogs confirm signing of Ava Seumanufagai

Drew Darbyshire

Canterbury Bulldogs have added former Leeds prop Ava Seumanufagai to the club’s top 30 squad.

The 29-year-old has been on a train and trial contract with the Bulldogs after returning home to Australia following two spells with Leeds.

Seumanufagai left the Rhinos in the off-season to return home for family reasons because of the pandemic.

The New Zealand-born front-rower made 118 appearances in the NRL across six seasons with the Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks before joining Leeds at the end of 2018.

A Bulldogs statement read: “Ava is an experienced forward who will provide depth in the middle of the field for the Bulldogs, after appearing in the club’s trial match earlier in the year against the Cronulla Sharks.

“He has also featured in the opening three games of the NSW Cup for Mounties.”

Seumanufagai was part of the Leeds squad that lifted the Challenge Cup at Wembley in 2020.