Veteran Tuqiri signed to fill Rabbitohs’ hole

RUGBY LEAGUE: South Sydney has pulled a rabbit out of the hat by signing dual international winger Lote Tuqiri for the 2014 season.

The 34-year-old, who has played nine Tests for the Kangaroos and three for Fiji, spent the past four years with Wests Tigers, managing just 52 games because of complications from a broken arm he sustained midway through the 2012 season.

Tuqiri (pictured) previously played 99 games for the Broncos before switching to union where he spent seven seasons with the NSW Waratahs and earned 67 caps for the Wallabies.

The Rabbitohs lost a host of backs last year, including Justin Hunt, Andrew Everingham, Matt King and Dylan Farrell, with coach Michael Maguire saying Tuqiri would bring some much-needed experience.

"Lote has played the game at the highest level for many years and the experience he will bring to our young backline will be invaluable," Maguire said.

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