New Zealand international and Wigan favourite Tommy Leuluai follows in Joe Burgess’ footsteps by returning to the DW in 2017, ten years after originally joining Wigan.
Born in 1985, Tommy Leuluai became the youngest ever player to play for New Zealand Warriors when he made his first team debut in 2003.
Later that year he became the second youngest player to represent New Zealand making his debut in the win over Australia.
In 2005 he made the move to England signing for London Broncos where he would make 40 appearances in two seasons helping the Capital outfit to qualify for the play-offs in 2005 narrowly missing out in 2006.
Following his time with London (Harlequins in 2007) Leuluai signed for Wigan Warriors ahead of the 2007 season and steadily grew in stature whilst wearing Cherry and White.
Learning his trade alongside Trent Barrett during 2007 and 2008, he also partnered Tim Smith in the halves during 2009 with Sam Tomkins also making his breakthrough in the Stand Off position that year too.
In 2010, with a young Sam Tomkins now at full-back, it was his partnership with Paul Deacon that would really make an impact as the pair guided Wigan to the League Leader’s Shield before winning the Grand Final with victory over St Helens. Tommy claiming the Harry Sunderland trophy for his Man of the Match performance.
By this point he had become a regular for his country too often at hooker winning the 2008 in that position and it was here where he helped Wigan claim the 2011 Challenge Cup with victory over Leeds at Wembley.
A further 23 appearances and eight tries in 2012 from him helped Wigan finish top of the ladder and claim the League Leader’s shield before leaving to return home to New Zealand.
In total, during his first stint at Wigan, Tommy Leuluai made 189 appearances scoring 60 tries.
Tommy re-joined New Zealand Warriors and made a further 64 appearances in his four years back at the Auckland club.
He also continued to feature for the Kiwis amassing 36 caps to date including three performances in the 2016 Four Nations tournament.
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