Is Lote Tuquiri Playing again this year?

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Is Lote Tuquiri Playing again this year?

Post by Newtown » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:07 pm

Is Lote Tuquiri still signed with West Tigers and is he ever likely to play again for the club?


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Post by stryker » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:12 pm

Hope not. I don't mind him working for WT's but certainly not as a contracted player.

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Post by Hbom » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:15 pm

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/leag ... 2j3kc.html

Yes, by the sound of it.

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Lote Tuqiri could make his long-awaited return from injury next month in a rare piece of positive injury news for Wests Tigers.

Tuqiri has been out since breaking his arm playing Canterbury last July, and there were fears his career was over after he needed a second round of biceps surgery.

The dual international's initial return date was pencilled in as late July but there are hopes he could be back in time for the round 13 clash with Penrith.

''Lote is due to see the specialist in three weeks, and he could be back two to three weeks after that,'' Tuqiri's agent, Giancarlo Lombardo, said. ''He's still in the rehab group and he's running now; he's just not doing any contact work. We're hoping he'll be ahead of schedule. We've just got to see what the doc says.''
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The Tigers are in desperate need of reinforcement after suffering the NRL's largest injury toll. Their casualty ward includes Tuqiri, Braith Anasta, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Keith Galloway, Matthew Bell, Tim Moltzen and James Gavet. The majority aren't expected to return any time soon.

The joint-venture club has lost five in a row and is on the bottom of the ladder, below the Eels.

The injury news is even more positive for Brisbane, with Justin Hodges rated a strong chance of returning against Parramatta on Saturday. Hodges missed the Broncos' loss to South Sydney.

Eels' prop Tim Mannah said the Eels felt the big losses that had caused so much embarrassment this season were a thing of the past.

Starting in the preseason, new coach Ricky Stuart warned the club's fans they should expect plenty of tough days this year, a message he repeated after heavy losses to the Sydney Roosters and, most recently, Penrith.

It was the humiliating defeat to their western Sydney rivals that co-captain Mannah said finally kicked the team into gear. The Eels turned that 44-12 loss into a much-improved effort against North Queensland, which, while still resulting in a 14-10 loss, convinced Mannah his team had grown to the point where Stuart would not have to apologise for them any more.

''I'd like to think so,'' Mannah said. ''I'd like to think that if we have the attitude that we had on the weekend, that the big losses should no longer be an issue for us.''

Parramatta repelled wave after wave of Johnathan Thurston-led attacks. It was a world away from the group that conceded 50 points to the Roosters last month.

''I think that comes down to everyone having a bit of pride in themselves,'' Mannah said. ''It's a shame that it takes a performance like the Penrith one to kick us into gear. But that's what it's done.''

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Post by Tigerpete » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:16 pm

Last I heard he had yet to sign a deal with us when the latest set back occurred. Some have suggested he's on a pay as you play deal. Not 100% sure on that though.

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Post by 851 » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:24 pm

He was listed in the paper the other day as round 14 return.
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Post by 2041 » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:30 pm

Yay an ageing winger. That'll fix all our probolems.

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Post by Tigerpete » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:34 pm

Would be an upgrade on Utai at least, however I would hope that Nofoaluma might find the form to knock Utai off before then.

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Post by Tiger_heart » Tue 07 May, 2013 1:52 pm

Yay an ageing winger. That'll fix all our probolems.

Uhm...a Mr Richards comes to mind...

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Post by 2041 » Tue 07 May, 2013 2:02 pm

Tiger_heart wrote:Yay an ageing winger. That'll fix all our probolems.

Uhm...a Mr Richards comes to mind...
The same sentiment applies.

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Post by delpy » Tue 07 May, 2013 2:18 pm

Tigerpete wrote:Would be an upgrade on Utai at least, however I would hope that Nofoaluma might find the form to knock Utai off before then.
Absolutely an upgrade from Utai but I too was hoping Nofoaluma might be given a chance to prove himself before Tuqiri came back.
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Post by Shaken not Stirred » Tue 07 May, 2013 2:25 pm

Nofoaluma is injured

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Post by hybrid_tiger » Tue 07 May, 2013 2:43 pm

Why in the world did we re-sign Lote when everyone knew he was going to miss half the season?

At his age he will need 4-6 weeks to get his fitness up to where it needs to be and by that time the season will be gone.

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Post by kh_canada » Tue 07 May, 2013 3:19 pm

It'd be good to see him back but honestly wouldn't be too worried either way. We don't want him past 2013.
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Post by Milky » Tue 07 May, 2013 3:27 pm

I don't know who would agree with me but would second row be an option?

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Post by Newtown » Tue 07 May, 2013 4:14 pm

Milky wrote:I don't know who would agree with me but would second row be an option?
No, we need him as prop.

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Post by Snake » Tue 07 May, 2013 5:37 pm

At this stage the sooner Lote is back the better.

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Post by Love the WestsTigers » Tue 07 May, 2013 5:44 pm

2041 wrote:
Tiger_heart wrote:Yay an ageing winger. That'll fix all our probolems.

Uhm...a Mr Richards comes to mind...
The same sentiment applies.
The thing both have is experience.. Lote has pace too depsite entering the retiring end of his career.

Im not to phased as long whoever plays gives it their 100%

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Post by Cosimo_Zaretti » Tue 07 May, 2013 7:23 pm

The Tigers are just gaffa taping a side together from one game to the next. Lote might be a welcome inclusion for a few games if he's match fit, it's not like we're spoilt for choice on wingers at the moment. Even the stand ins we had in Reddy and Tedesco are urgently needed back in their correct positions. Hell I'd take Pat Richards back next week if we could swing it.

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