Former Leeds and Castleford forward leaves the UK

Former Leeds and Castleford forward Weller Hauraki has departed the UK after 11 years in the country.

The New Zealander first joined the Crusaders RL in 2010 after a spell in the NRL with Parramatta Eels and quickly established himself as one of the most feared back-rowers in the competition.

His form for the Welsh side earned him a move to Leeds Rhinos, where he stayed for two years, playing in the Rhinos’ 2011 Challenge Cup Final loss to Wigan – though he missed out on a place at that year’s Grand Final.

Hauraki moved to Castleford ahead of the 2013 season and played a key role in the Tigers’ first Challenge Cup Final appearance since 1992 the year after.

Moves to Salford, Widnes and then finally Hull KR capped off Hauraki’s tour of Super League, with his last stop at Rovers ending with him being made captain.

At 36, the Kiwi will be going home with his young family after a stellar Super League career.

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