Another new face for London


16th January 2014

London Broncos have continued their team re-building with the signing of Tonga's World Cup full-back Nesiasi Mataitonga.

The Auckland-born 20-year-old, who is 6ft 2in and 14st 11lb, has been playing for Cronulla's Under-20s for the past two seasons. He made an impressive international debut in Tonga's 16-0 victory over Italy at Halifax in November.

Broncos coach Tony Rea said: "He had a potentially good career still in front of him in the NRL but he thought that the best way to school himself was to come here.

"He proved himself on the world stage and was outstanding in a tough, important game.

"The Tongans showed their confidence in playing him and he played particularly well, winning all his effort areas and did the team things you need from a full-back. He's a potential superstar."

Mataitonga is the Londoners' third signing for 2014, joining former St Helens hooker Scott Moore and Hull KR forward George Griffin, while the Broncos have also secured the loan services of Leeds Rhinos youngsters James Duckworth, Thomas Minns and Alex Foster.

They join the 12 players left from 2013 and take the Broncos' current squad up to 18 with more to come.