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Rugby Union: Tuqiri quits league for Leinster

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Former Wallaby Lote Tuqiri announced Tuesday he will return to rugby union with top Irish club Leinster after three years playing for Wests Tigers in Australia's National Rugby League.

The 33-year-old winger was a huge star in league before switching codes to union and enjoying seven successful years with the NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies, before joining the Tigers in 2010.

He is now coming off contract with the club and said he was heading to Leinster for a three month stint, with his playing future beyond this uncertain.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Wests Tigers and will take with me a lot of special memories as well as many friendships I've made with the players and staff," Tuqiri said.

"My first year in 2010 was incredible. To come back from rugby (union) and to achieve what I did was a great feeling. It was a great side to be a part of it but unfortunately we fell one game short of the grand final."

Tuqiri made a spectacular debut for Wests Tigers when he scored with his first touch of the ball against Manly at the Sydney Football Stadium in the opening round of the premiership, and he quickly became a fan favourite.

He has played 67 times for the Wallabies.

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