Former Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR striker Weller Hauraki finds a surprising new club
Former Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR striker Weller Hauraki has found a surprising new club.
Hauraki left KR at the end of the 2020 Super League season after it was confirmed he would not be offered a new contract.
The former Super League second rower returned home to New Zealand following the decision and has since kept his head down out of the spotlight.
However, for the first time Hauraki has revealed he still plays the sport – for local team Dannevirke Tigers where he was born in 1985.
The Kiwi started his career at Parramatta Eels in 2007, making 32 appearances before moving to Welsh Super League side Crusaders RL.
From there he impressed enough to be awarded a contract at Leeds Rhinos where he played a key role in Leeds’ Grand Final-winning exploits in 2011 and 2012 – although he didn’t actually play neither of the two finals.
A contract with the Castleford Tigers quickly came to fruition alongside his cousin, Rangi Chase, who needs no further introduction.
Hauraki has become a true Jungle fan favourite, being a key player in the Tigers’ rise to the top four under Daryl Powell as well as to the Challenge Cup final in 2014 where they ironically narrowly lost to at former Hauraki team, Leeds. .
The New Zealander was at Castleford for two seasons before moving to Salford Red Devils and then Widnes Vikings before signing for Hull KR in 2019 in what turned out to be his final Super League deal.
In total, Hauraki has made over 200 appearances in the British top flight.
Now although he will be playing for Dannevirke after posting on his Instagram: “Round 3 for the Dannevirke Tigers Rugby League Club mens prems team vs Linton Cobras Rugby League Club are looking forward to a good tough game. Hope to see everyone supporting us if you don’t do anything on Saturday.
Good luck to Wellher who will play loose forward!