Zane Tetevano on uplifting Leeds pre-season & ‘perfect’ captain Leeming

Drew Darbyshire
Zane Tetevano Leeds Combined Nations All Stars

Leeds prop Zane Tetevano says this pre-season has been one of the most enjoyable he’s had, saying there is plenty of good energy in the Rhinos camp.

The 31-year-old joined the Rhinos from NRL side Penrith Panthers ahead of last season. He made 11 appearances in his debut Super League season.

Tetevano is feeling fresh and ready to go in 2022, with there being a real positive vibe around Headingley.

He told Love Rugby League: “It has been one most enjoyable pre-seasons I’ve had. It has been good to be able to start the year having a good pre-season under my belt with the lads. I’m pretty stoked.

“We’ve got some young kids coming through who have been really good who you will probably see at some stages of the year. We’ve had some changes around the coaching staff.

“It has been uplifting, there has been a lot of good energy. We’ve had some good signings as well so I’m looking forward to the season.

“Everyone is flowing and clicking which is nice. Training is going really well and I’m ready to go.”

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Leeds coach Richard Agar has made hooker Kruise Leeming the club’s captain for 2022 – and Tetevano believes he is the right man for the job.

Tetevano said: “He is the perfect choice. On the day we all found out he was captain I said to him we are all right behind him.

“He is our leader and we’ll be there with him so I’m stoked for him. It is good for the club and good for the future. It is definitely in the right hands.”

Tetevano was born in New Zealand and is of Cook Islands descent. He has played for the Kiwis and Kukis at international level previously.

But he isn’t thinking too much about the World Cup right now – he is just focusing on Leeds.

Tetevano added: “The World Cup is based here in the UK but I’ve got to play well for Leeds first.”

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