Leeds Rhinos have been given a boost with the news that New Zealand international Zane Tetevano has received his visa clearance to travel to the UK.
The Rhinos announced the signing of the 30-year-old from NRL side Penrith Panthers on a three year deal in December.
He has featured in two of the last three NRL Grand Finals including last year’s clash with Melbourne Storm for the Panthers. He started both wins for New Zealand against the Great Britain RL Lions in 2019 as well as making his Test debut against Australia.
Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “Zane has now received his visa, which is great news. He has been speaking to some of the squad to get to know the boys and is training hard over in Australia.
“With the current lockdown situation here, it is likely that he will not travel over until later next month. He is an experienced international with high personal standards for his training.
“To ask him to move over here with his young family and not be able to leave the house for a prolonged period would be unnecessary at this stage. The plan at present is for him to come over with Matt Prior when he returns to camp.”
Fijian international King Vuniyayawa is also set to join the Rhinos once he has received his visa.