Tuqiri to follow Rogers

Lote Tuqiri is expected to return to rugby league after the 2007 World Cup.

This follows the news that Mat Rogers will join the Gold Coast Tigers in a two-year contract that begins in 2008.

Tuqiri, who, like Rogers, is contracted to the Australian Rugby Union until the end of next year, told Channel Nine news a return to league was a genuine option for him after that.

“I’m not going to say, ‘No, I wouldn’t like to play it again’,” Tuqiri said. “League is always going to be in my blood. It’s the first game I played. There will always be a passion there. So, probably, yes, I would like to play it again.”

Since his move to rugby union in 2002, Tuqiri has become one of the world’s most destructive wingers.

He is currently serving a ban for spear-tackling Richie McCaw, but will be back for the Wallabies’ Test against Wales in November.