Date of birth
April 10, 1990
Place of birth
The fact that a player of the calibre of Ricky Leutele elected to join the Wolfpack from 2019, despite obvious attention from Super League clubs, speaks volumes about the pulling power of rugby league’s newest club.
Toronto became the 28 year old centre’s second ever professional club, after spending the last nine season in the NRL with Cronulla Sharks.
Since debuting back in 2010, Leutele amassed over 120 appearances in Australia’s elite competition, with his career reaching its pinnacle to date in the form of an NRL Premiership in 2016.
At 6 ft and almost 100kg, the Samoan international boasts plenty of power and is notoriously difficult to tackle, but also possesses a neat offload, which could pay dividends to the wingers playing outside him this year.
The Wolfpack have brought in a huge talent who will add some real menace and strike to the left edge and the fact that the former Shark has chosen to join the club in his prime indicates he could become one of the stars of the Championship in 2019.
Big game experience and knowing what it takes to win crunch matches is an asset that will be valuable to Brian McDermott’s side this season, and Leutele brings that in abundance.