16th January 2021, 09:48 | Leeds
Leeds Rhinos have signed Fijian International forward King Vuniyayawa on a one-year deal.
Vuniyayawa made five appearances for the New Zealand Warriors throughout the 2020 season. The towering forward has earned three caps for Fiji with two coming against Papua New Guinea and a third against Samoa.
On the move, Vuniyayawa said: “I am excited and grateful to be joining Leeds Rhinos in 2021.
“I would like to thank Richard Agar for giving me this opportunity and he made the decision even easier for me to come over to play in Super League. I know Leeds have an extremely strong pack, I can’t wait to meet the boys and rip in.”
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach, Richard Agar, said: “I am looking forward to having King in our group. He has had to work to get to where he is in the game and his determination is something that appealed to us.
“At his age and position, we think he is a player with plenty of potential in him. He carries the ball hard, has some real sting in his defence, and has good athleticism for a big guy. One a one-year deal, with a World Cup at the end of the year, and having spoken with King, we know we are getting a highly motivated player.”
Rhinos Director of Rugby, Kevin Sinfield, added: “We have been looking to add another middle to our squad for next season and King perfectly fits the bill.
“King is ambitious and keen to develop during his time at Emerald Headingley. I know from the teams that I was part of, that Rhinos fans really take overseas forwards to their hearts.
“When I think back to players like Ali Lauitiiti, Brett Delaney and Kylie Leuluai who initially came over for short spells but ended up making the Rhinos their home and I know that King is keen to follow in their footsteps.”