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Former Hull star James Leuluai diagnosed with dementia

Former Hull FC star James Leuluai has been diagnosed with dementia, the club has confirmed.

The 64-year-old made his name in the English game, turning out for Hull between 1985 and 1988, with later spells at Leigh and Wakefield.

Leuluai earned 29 caps for New Zealand, scoring 14 tries as his athletic prowess showed on the international stage.

The centre – nicknamed “Lullaby” as he so often fell asleep off the field, was most renowned for his scintillating score in the 1983 Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Castleford

Leuluai’s try was hailed as “one of the greatest solo tries of all time”, as he glided past four Castleford players and raced over half of the length of the field without a hand ever touching him until he had crossed the line.

He made even more headlines two years later in Hull’s narrow 28-24 defeat to Wigan in the 1985 Challenge Cup Final, where he scored two tries as Hull fought back from a 28-12 deficit at half-time in what has been described as one of the greatest finals ever.

James is the father of Wigan star Tommy and ex-Widnes forward Macgraff, as well as the uncle of former Leeds favourite Kylie.



  1. Todney Roberts

    August 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

    BRITISH game ffs!!

  2. George Moore

    April 26, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    It is horrendous for him and his family

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