Tuimoala Lolohea

Marshall backs Lolohea at No 1

Marshall described Lolohea as being Tonga's second-best player, only behind powerhouse forward Jason Taumalolo, during their dream RLWC campaign which ended in Saturday's heart-breaking semifinal loss to England.

Playing at five-eighth, Lolohea guided Mate Ma'a Tonga to within touching distance of a dream finals appearance.

While his kicking, fifth-tackle options and game management was sometimes lacking during the RLWC, his explosiveness and game-breaking ability was on show.

Tigers confirm Lolohea signed

Lolohea has signed a deal with the Tigers through to the end of the National Rugby 2019 season after playing just 53 first grade games over three seasons for the Warriors.

While he partnered Shaun Johnson in the halves last season under former head coach Andrew McFadden, Lolohea fell out of favour with the Warriors current head coach Stephen Kearney.

Early on in the season it was clear Lolohea would struggle for game time in the first grade with Kieran Foran joining Johnson in the halves and captain Roger Tuivasa Sheck the number one choice at fullback.

Lolohea signs with Wests Tigers

Lolohea has joined Wests Tigers until at least the end of the 2019 season and is available for selection for the team’s Round 13 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons.

The versatile 22-year-old has played 53 NRL games for the New Zealand Warriors since making his debut in 2014.

Wests Tigers head coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Lolohea to the club.

Tui Lolohea breaks silence on Warriors rumours

The 21-year-old endured a frustrating 2016 season, struggling to find a permanent position in ex-coach Andrew McFadden’s side.

Rumours swirled earlier this year that he could be on the way out after he posted a photo to Instagram from the Broncos training base in Brisbane.

With the Warriors signing Kieran Foran, fresh rumours circulated last weekend that the exciting young prospect was looking to leave, but Lolohea dismissed those claims.

"I'll definitely for sure be at the Warriors next year," Lolohea told Newshub.