Tongan rugby league prospect, Leilani Latu, is heading to England to play for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League competition on a two-year contract that ends in November 2021. He joins fellow Tongans Ben Murdoch-Masila and Sitaleki Akauola, who are on the Warrington Wolves roster.
The 26-year-old prop and tackle breaker is forever known by Mate Ma’a Tonga fans for his stunning game winning try against Fiji Bati in 2017.
Latu moves from the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL Premiership. He previously played for the Penrith Panthers for whom he scored 6 tries. In total, Latu has played 58 NRL games.
Latu said in a media statement following his signing, “I’m looking forward to getting into training with the boys and creating some combinations with them. It’s an exciting brand of footy here and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.”
“I chose Warrington because of the quality of players and I have played with a couple of them back in the NRL too; Ben Murdoch-Masila and Sitaleki Akauola at Penrith and we had some success there.”
Warrington head coach Steve Price said in media statment: “We are always looking for quality rugby players to bring to our club and we feel Leilani fits that. I’m looking forward to working with him and developing his game during his time at Warrington as we feel there is a lot more he can bring to the game.”