Hauraki confirms retirement

Former Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos, Widnes Vikings, Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers and Crusaders forward Weller Hauraki has announced his retirement from the game.

The 36-year-old was recently released by the Robins, after a two-season stay in East Hull, and has now called time on an illustrious career.

He started his career at Parramatta Eels in the NRL, before moving to Crusaders in the Super League in 2010.

His form there earned him a move to Leeds Rhinos. He played two seasons there and played in a Challenge Cup Final before moving to Castleford Tigers.

Hauraki played a crucial part in the Tigers’ upturn in form following the appointment of Daryl Powell as Head Coach. In 2014, the Tigers claimed their highest Super League finish, with Hauraki playing a key role.

The New Zealand born forward then went on to join Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2015 season, where he would have a four-year stay. He made 73 appearances during that time.

In 2018, he joined Widnes Vikings on a short-term loan, but could not help them to avoid the drop.

A year later, he joined Hull KR, where he has spent the last two years.

He also represented New Zealand at Maori level.

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