Wakefield Wildcats: Former Australia Test forward Tupou signs for Wildcats

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Australian former Test forward Anthony Tupou from Cronulla Sharks on a two- year deal.

The 31-year-old prop or second-row made his NRL debut for Sydney Roosters in 2004 and moved to Cronulla five years later.

He made 11 appearances for Australia from 2006-2008 and has also played for New South Wales and Tonga.

Tupou said: “The decision to leave home wasn’t easy for me, but the opportunity to be a part of a club that is changing and building is really exciting to me.

“Playing in Super League is something I always knew I would do one day if I had the chance. The style of league here is refreshing and the unpredictability is what I love the most about it.”

He added: “I have made my choice to bring my family to commit and give it my all to Wakefield and the red, white and blue jersey.

“We have a big challenge ahead and it really would be good for us if more of the fans became members and show we’re all in this change together. I honestly cannot wait.”

Wakefield coach Brian Smith said: “Anthony Tupou has chosen to join the Wildcats in what must be one of the club’s biggest moments for foreign imports.

“Toops has a tremendous representative record with Australia and NSW Blues as well as an NRL record with the Roosters and Sharks.

“His leadership and great attacking talents are sure to light up the 2016 Super League and Wakefield.”

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