Doncaster add experienced Samoan international

Doncaster have completed the signing of Samoan international Misi Taulapapa from Newcastle Thunder on a one-year deal.

Taulapapa has a wealth of experience having played in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks, as well as at Championship and League One level with Sheffield, Featherstone and Newcastle.

Taulapapa said: “The pandemic gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on how much I’ve missed playing so when the opportunity came to join the Dons I jumped at it.

“I’ve got a young family so for me Doncaster is a great move for me in terms of location and the group we’ve got here.

“I’m really looking forward to what I can bring to the dressing room, I like to be a big character around the place.”

Chief executive Carl Hall said: “Misi sets very high standards on and off the field, after speaking to several people about him and everyone of them gave a glowing reference on what he brings to the team.

“His character in the dressing room will be a big asset to our club, with what he has done in the game.

“He was offered better rugby league contracts elsewhere, but we’ve been fortunate enough to give Misi a deal which gives him a job with one of our main sponsors New Image Contracts  – and that will allow him to support his family more than any one-year contracts going forward.

“He has plans to stay in the UK long-term, and by bringing him to our club at this stage of his career there is the option of him joining the backroom staff in the future.”

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