The Tigers are expecting little-known rugby union recruit Junior Tupou to push for a top grade spot by season’s end in 2022.
The 19-year-old centre has a league background in Canberra but decided to try his luck with the Brumbies last season.
The Kiwi-born centre didn’t find the 15-a-side game to his liking – and has now gone back to what he knows.
“He is big and strong and quick on his feet and we are excited to have him.” Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell said.
“He played for Canberra in the Matts and Ball Cups and I was a selector for NSW under 16s and 18s and he always impressed me there.
“He also played for the Junior Wallabies in his brief time in union so he has plenty of admirers.
“We will start him slowly but after a full off season, there is no reason he couldn’t be playing first grade next year.”
Tupou will join the Tigers training squad straight away and be given a run in the trials.
“When the chance came up to join Wests Tigers, I jumped at the opportunity,” Tupou said.
“I’m really excited for it.
“I’m looking forward to joining the squad for pre-season training this week and I can’t wait to pull on the Wests Tigers jersey.”
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