Former Hull KR captain Weller Hauraki has announced his retirement from rugby league.
New Zealand-born Hauraki spent the last 11 seasons in Super League after initially joining Crusaders from Parramatta in 2010 and going on to play for Leeds, Castleford, Salford and Widnes before moving to Hull KR two years ago.
The back-row forward, who turns 36 next week, captained Tony Smith’s team in 2020 and, although he was not offered a new contract and left the club at the end of November, he had been considering playing on but he revealed to Hull Live that he has now decided to retire.
Hauraki scored 52 tries in 284 career appearances and represented the New Zealand Maori five times.
💪 A true warrior.
— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) February 9, 2021
Always gave his all in the ⚫️&⚪️ during his time here 👊🏼
But Weller also stepped forward off his own back in our hour of need to help raise funds for our fight back in 2019 🖤
— Widnes Vikings (@WidnesRL) February 9, 2021
@Weller_hauraki enjoy retirement pal, was a pleasure to play with you, top bloke 👏🏻
— Jake Bibby (@JakeBibby) February 9, 2021
@Weller_hauraki happy retirement mate, congrats on a great career and good luck. Pleasure to play with and against you 🙏🏼😑
— Gob (@gazobrien22) February 9, 2021