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Anthony Tupou leaves Wakefield Trinity due to homesickness

Wakefield Trinity has confirmed Anthony Tupou has departed the club by mutual consent.

Wakefield Wildcat's Anthony Tupou takes a big hit by Catalan Dragons players during the Dacia Magic Weekend match at St James' Park, Newcastle in May.

Tupou, 33, joined Trinity in 2016 on a two-year deal from NRL side, Cronulla Sharks. In his time at the club he made 18 appearances and scored four tries.

The second-rower expressed his desire to return back to Australia to be with his family after the end of the 2016 season after suffering with homesickness.

Unfortunately things did not work out as well as we all had hoped, Anthony and his family were suffering a lot with homesickness. We wish Anthony and his family the very best in the future.

– Michael Carter, chairman


Denny Solomona signs three-year deal with Sale

Record breaker: Denny Solomona Credit: PA

Denny Solomona has walked out on Rugby League side Castleford Tigers to sign a three year deal with Rugby Union club Sale.

The 23-year-old, who broke the record for the most tries scored in a Super League season this year, failed to report back for pre-season training with the Tigers despite having two years left on his contract.

The move is set to trigger legal action, with Castleford threatening to take the matter to the High Court, with the backing of the Rugby Football League.


Hull FC sign Championship centre

Hull FC have announced the signing of young centre, Nick Rawsthorne, from Halifax RFLC for the 2017 season.

Lee Radford is pleased to have the 20-year-old on board Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old has signed an initial one-year deal with an option in the club's favour should they wish to extend his deal.

A convert from rugby union, where he represented England U18s and Leeds Carnegie, Rawsthorne also had a spell in the academy at Leeds Rhinos before joining Halifax.

I'm really pleased to add Nick to the squad next year, I think he has all the attributes to become a first-team regular for our club.

He has been very impressive in the reserves competition this year for Halifax, particularly when he played against us, whilst is accuracy with his goal kicking is also a real plus.

He is at a great age to progress his career to the next level and along with Jack Logan coming through the long term future of our outside backs looks very promising.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach

Arona extends stay at Wildcats

Tinirau Arona has signed a one-year contract extension with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, with the option of a further year.

Tinirau Arona has signed a one-year extension with the Wildcats Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old forward joined from NRL side Cronulla sharks and has featured in 12 games for the Wildcats this season, bagging two tries in the Challenge Cup clash against Sheffield Eagles.

I am very happy, it is good to know that I am secure here for another year and hopefully for a second year too. It was the right decision for me and my family and we are really happy here at the moment, I am now just looking forward to the rest of the season and the next.

I’m enjoying my time playing under Chris Chester, he has brought a lot of structure and confidence to the team and I think this is what we needed. Earlier on in the season when we were not doing so well I knew there was only a matter of time before we started to bring some wins together and a lot of credit goes to Chezzy for doing this.

– Tinirau Arona, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
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