Rugby League: Four-year Wigan deal for All Black Tuigamala
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Monday 27 December 1993
Tuigamala will arrive at the club early in the new year, which means he could technically be available to play in the Regal Trophy semi-final at Salford on Saturday week. It is more likely, though, that Wigan will start trying to recoup something on their investment by giving him his debut in an Alliance team match.
Tuigamala, 24, has been a Wigan target for the last two years. He stands to earn around pounds 100,000 a season if Wigan maintain their current success. 'I see him as a centre for us,' John Dorahy, the Wigan coach, said yesterday. 'He has played there for his club in New Zealand and I believe he can form a sensational combination with Gary Connolly.
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