Sam Tagatese trains with his Tonga World Cup teammates.
Sam Tagatese trains with his Tonga World Cup teammates.

Broncos lure 193cm giant Premiership winner

BRISBANE Broncos have added size and experience to their forward pack with the signing of Premiership-winning prop Sam Tagatese.

Tagatese has joined the Broncos on a one-year deal and trained with his new teammates for the first time on Wednesday morning.

Tagatese's career includes stints with Melbourne Storm, Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla Sharks, where he won the 2016 Grand Final.

He has 168 games of NRL experience, and at 193cm and 110kg will give the Broncos another weapon in the middle after losing both Adam Blair and Herman Ese'ese in the off-season.

Samoan international Tagatese said he was excited to join the Broncos, especially working under Wayne Bennett.

"I am definitely excited especially as my partner is from Brisbane, and when I first moved to Australia I lived in Brisbane," he said.

"I actually haven't (met Bennett before) but I am definitely looking forward to it.

"I have heard so many good things about him, and just look at his record.

"And as my father-in-law said, he is a master coach.

"I am looking to getting the best out of myself at this point of my career and being coached by a great coach."


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