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Lote Tuqiri: Turning Back Time

14 years ago. That was the last time Souths Sydney’s winger Lote Tuqiri was in an NRL grand final. John Howard was Prime Minister. The GST was introduced and Sydney hosted arguably the greatest Olympic games ever!

It was 2000 and the Broncos were one of the most dominant teams in the competition history. In his second year in first-grade he finished the top try-scorer for the season alongside his friend Wendell Sailor as they went on to win the premiership 14-6 against ironically the side he helped knock out last week, the Sydney Roosters.

While back then he was one of the young stars of the game, in Sunday’s massive game against the Bulldogs he will be the oldest current player running around in the NRL.

After a successful time in Rugby Union for the Waratahs, Lote made his much-publicised return to the game with the Wests Tigers. After scoring with his first touch against Manly and a relatively successful season, including being picked for Australia, injuries plagued the remaining three years.

Six weeks before this season he was announced as signing with Souths and despite falling out of favour mid-way through the year, Lote has made his way back into the team and will go into possibly his last game of Rugby League, in a grand final.

In a team full of young superstars, Lote Tuqiri is channeling his inner Cher and certainly turning back time.

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