Wigan confirm Lauaki signing

Wigan have today announced that former Hull FC prop forward Epalahame Lauaki has signed on a three-year deal with an option for a further year.

Lauaki spent two seasons with the Airlie Birds where he made 54 appearances, scoring five tries in the process. The 27-year-old also represented Tonga in the 2008 World Cup.

Wigan Chairman Ian Lenegan commented “Shaun Wane asked specifically that Wigan sign Lauaki because he believes the Player has significant under-used potential which Shaun could develop and that he would add a hard edge, with Gareth Hock, to an already-talented Wigan pack.”

“His signing takes the Wigan complement of overseas players back to 4, replacing Ryan Hoffman. ” 

Speaking about the Lauaki signing, Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane said: “He is tough physical player who can play at either prop or in the second row and I’m sure he will flourish in our Wigan system.

“His size makes him a threat to any side and he also has a great  offload. He will certainly add firepower to our squad for the forthcoming season.”

Epalahame added: “I am really looking forward to be joining such a big name in the game as the Wigan Warriors. This is a great opportunity for me and I feel very proud and honoured to become a part of the Wigan squad as the team look to build on their achievements of the last couple of seasons.”

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