Wests Tigers release Lote Tuqiri

Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri has been granted a release from the Club to allow the dual international to take up an opportunity to play rugby union in Ireland.

Tuqiri left Sydney last night for a three month stint with Leinster Rugby Club.

A highly respected player, Tuqiri played 52 games for Wests Tigers and 151 NRL games. He played his final game for Wests Tigers against the North Qld Cowboys in Townsville last Saturday night.

Following a seven year stint in rugby union, Tuqiri made a spectacular debut for Wests Tigers in 2010 when he scored with his first touch of the ball against Manly at the Sydney Football Stadium in the opening round of the premiership.

The experienced winger quickly became a favourite amongst Wests Tigers supporters with his powerful running and ability to find the tryline. He was in vintage form during the 2010 finals series and was rewarded with selection in the Australian team for the Four Nations tournament.

A series of injuries saw Tuqiri play just nine games in 2011 with the club bowing out of the finals series to the Warriors.

Last year, Tuqiri suffered a upper arm injury in July that ended his season. Tuqiri worked hard on his rehab and made a successful return against the Sydney Roosters in round 23.