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Leeds Rhinos sign Wests Tigers playmaker Tuimoala Lolohea

Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of Tongan international half-back Tuimoala Lolohea.

Lolohea joins the Rhinos from Wests Tigers Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old has joins from Wests Tigers in the NRL on a three-year-deal.

He says the memory of the support the fans gave the Rhinos when he played against them for New Zealand in 2015 was a big factor in the move.

I have always remembered that game back in 2015 when I played at Emerald Headingley with the Kiwis.

The singing and support for the Leeds boys was amazing and I can’t wait to play for those supporters.

That game was Kylie Leuluai’s farewell game for the club and I remember the warmth and passion the supporters had for him and the team, that was special.

People talk about the passion that the English fans have for the game but I had seen it for myself and it was definitely a factor when I was thinking about who to sign for.

– Tuimoala Lolohea