Warrington Wolves have signed North Queensland Cowboys Captain and Kiwi international prop Paul Rauhihi, 31 on a two year deal. Paul will arrive at The Halliwell Jones Stadium pre-season Super League XI.
Paul was voted Prop of the Year 2004 in the Annual Dally M Awards and topped the NRL offload table in 2003.
Rauhihi has made 117 NRL appearances to date scoring 11 career tries and 1 goal.
His former clubs include Canterbury Bulldogs (2001-02), Newcastle Knights (1999-2000) and Auckland Warriors. He started his rugby at St George in Wellington before making his first grade debut for Newcastle against the Wests in 1999. Paul has 11 international honours with New Zealand (2002-2004) and featured for the New Zealand Maori's in 2000 in the World Cup. Paul featured in the 2002 Kiwi Tour alongside Wolves current winger Henry Fa'afili and forward Logan Swann.
Last season Paul captained New Zealand in the Tri-Nations Series at the end of 2004. He has been described as one of the few ball playing front-rowers in the League Paul continued to off load the ball to great advantage during 2004.
Head Coach Paul Cullen commented on his latest acquisition for 2006, "We are delighted to capture a player of Paul's quality and experience to add a prop forward with such a dynamic go forward to are existing pack whilst third in Super League is just another clear indication of our ambition and intent."
Rd 18 Team News =============== Coach Paul Cullen has named a squad of 20 to face to Salford City Reds this weekend at the Halliwell Jones, Kick-off 3pm.
1. Brent Grose 2. Henry Fa'afili 3. Martin Gleeson 4. Toa Kohe Love 5. Dean Gaskell 6. Lee Briers 7. Nathan Wood 8. Chris Leikvoll 9. Jon Clarke 10. Mark Hilton 11. Logan Swann 13. Paul Noone 14. Mark Gleeson 15. Ben Westwood 16. Paul Wood 17. Danny Lima 18. Graham Appo 22. Steve Pickersgill 23. Andrew Bracek 25. Chris Bridge
INJURY NEWS: 12. Mike Wainwright - compound fractures to the two middle fingers on the right hand - sustained in Rnd 17 v Leigh Centurions (12/06/05) 21. Simon Grix - fractured fibula/ankle socket, dislocated ankle and torn ligaments sustained in U21s grading fixture v Leeds Rhinos (26/02/05)
ON LOAN: 20. Warren Stevens
U21s: 19. Daryl Cardiss 26. Nicky Royle