Hohaia retires from rugby league

St Helens have announced that former New Zealand World Cup winner Lance Hohaia has retired from rugby league.

Hohaia, 32, scored two tries in the 2008 final when the Kiwis defeated Australia, and has spent the past three and a half years in Super League with Saints.

A Saints club statement said: “Lance Hohaia has informed us of his retirement from rugby league and will therefore not play for the Club again.

“Lance has been a valued and integral member of the squad for the last three-and-a-half years and we thank him for his service.

“We wish him and his family well in their life after rugby league with St Helens.”

Hohaia made 185 appearances in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors, before moving to the UK ahead of the 2012 season.

He played 28 times for New Zealand, and also earned representative honours for the Exiles against England in the International Origin series.


Known for his versatility, Hohaia has played in a range of positions throughout his career, including half-back, hooker and full-back.


Hohaia’s last appearance for Saints came in the 11-8 victory over Huddersfield on April 12. He has featured eight times in Super League this season.

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