King Vuniyayawa arrives at Leeds

Drew Darbyshire

Leeds have made sure new recruit King Vuniyayawa feels right at home on his arrival in England.

The Fiji international will spend his isolation period before he completes his Covid-19 testing protocol at the Headingley Lodge hotel, which is attached to the stadium.

The Rhinos have released a video to give fans an insight into Vuniyayawa’s temporary home, which includes a kitchen, gym area and lounge room.

Vuniyayawa has joined the Rhinos on a one-year deal from NRL side New Zealand Warriors. He was won three caps for Fiji.

Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “We are delighted to have King over and ready to start pre-season with us next week.

“Whilst we could test him sooner because of our recent outbreak we want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to protect King and everyone else.

“He will have his next test on Monday and, presuming everything goes through okay with that and has a negative, he will be in training from next Tuesday.

“We are fortunate to have our own hotel on site at Emerald Headingley and have created an environment that will make King’s stay as comfortable as possible.

“I would like to say thank you to Sue Ward, Sarah Tate and Jason Davidson who have done an outstanding job of making the Headingley Lodge as homely it can be for King.”

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