Castleford sign Hauraki from Leeds

Castleford have signed Leeds second-rower Weller Hauraki on a two-year deal.

Hauraki, 27, first came to Super League with Crusaders in 2010, scoring 10 tries in 28 appearances as the Welsh club made the play-offs, and subsequently earned himself a move to the Rhinos.

He has been limited to just 10 appearances for the Super League champions this season, however, and now joins Ian Millward’s revolution at the PROBIZ Coliseum.

Tigers head coach Millward said: I was on the lookout for a second rower with a strong presence both on and off the field and I believe Weller offers the right qualities to fulfil this role. His experience and exceptional attacking qualities will provide us with great stability and composure on the field as well as a role model for the younger, less-experienced players on the team.

“He is a tough competitor and with his boxing background, I expect him to be a leading figure in training too. He ultimately gives us an overall package that is going to add a lot to the side next season. I look forward to working with him.”

Hauraki started his career in the NRL with Parramatta, scoring four tries in 32 appearances before moving to the northern hemisphere.

He becomes Millward’s seventh signing for 2013, joining Lee Gilmour, Michael Shenton, Jake Webster, Jamie Ellis, Jordan Tansey and Justin Carney.

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