Castleford Tigers announce immediate departures of overseas duo

Drew Darbyshire
Castleford Tigers Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo Alamy

Mahe Fonua (left) and Bureta Faraimo (right) in action for Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers have announced that overseas duo Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo have both left the Super League club with immediate effect.

Outside-back Fonua, a former Tonga international, scored six tries in 39 appearances for the Tigers since arriving from Hull ahead of the 2022 season.

Fonua said: “I’m really sorry that my Castleford journey has come to an end, but I have a young family back home that I’ve been away from, and I am looking forward to reuniting with them again.

“I’ve loved my time here at The Jungle and made some great memories and mates I’ve made along the way.”

Winger Faraimo, who has represented the USA in two World Cups, also joined Castleford from fellow Super League side Hull, scoring 15 tries in 35 games for Castleford.


Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo leave Castleford Tigers with club’s best wishes

Danny Wilson, director of rugby operations at the Tigers, said: “First and foremost, they are very good people. I have known both of them for a number of years.

“As fans, all you can ask is that players work their hardest and I don’t think you can argue that with Mahe or Bureta because they give their all to the cause.

“They have both been at the top of the game and achieved a lot, but both are now ready to move on. I think it’s the right thing for them and the club.

“Mahe has been doing it tough recently with his family back overseas and he’s been working hard here so the time is right for him to be with his family and explore new ventures.

“We wish them both the best in their future endeavours. They are great people, and we want to wish them and their families well.”

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