Leeds Rhinos have moved quickly to fill the gap left by the departure of Ava Seumanufagai to replace the prop with Fijian international forward King Vuniyayawa on a one year contract.
The 6’2”, hard running middle joins from NRL side New Zealand Warriors having made his debut for the club last season with five appearances in the NRL.
He played for Fiji in 2018 against Papua New Guinea and was in the Fiji team for games against Samoa and the Kumuls again in 2019, the latter as part of an impressive win in Christchurch that saw Fiji promoted to the Oceania Cup.
Reacting to the news, 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.”
Rhinos Head Coach Agar added: “I am looking forward to having King in our group. He has had to work hard to get to where he is in the game and his determination is something that appealed to us.
“He has been a good performer in lower grades for the Warriors and performed well when he made the breakthrough to the NRL this season.”