The Canberra Raiders have signed Tongan international Siliva Havili on a one-year deal for the 2018 season.
Havili was an instrumental part of the recent Tongan World Cup campaign, as the Tongans progressed to the Semi-Final stage of the tournament where they narrowly lost to England.
He has played 24 NRL matches since making his debut for the New Zealand Warriors in 2014, including 10 matches for the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2016.
Raiders NRL Recruitment & High-Performance Manager said the signing of Havili gives the Raiders NRL squad some more depth in the hooking position, with Josh Hodgson set to miss the start of the season with a knee injury.
“Siliva had a wonderful World Cup tournament for Tonga and he joins the squad to give us some depth to cover the unfortunate loss of Josh Hodgson,” Mulholland said.
“We’re looking forward to him joining the squad and having a solid pre-season with his new club.”
Canberra Raiders 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Brad Abbey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Cooper Bambling (2018), Erin Clark (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Craig Garvey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2018), Kalani Going (2018), Charlie Gubb (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Stefano Hala (2019), Siliva Havili (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Corey Horsburgh (2018), Liam Knight (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Sebastian Kris (2018), Michael Oldfield (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity, 2019)|
|2018 Losses: Kurt Baptiste (Leigh Centurions), Adam Clydsdale (retired), Lachlan Croker (Manly Sea Eagles), Brent Naden (Newcastle Knights), Kato Ottio (Widnes Vikings), Clay Priest (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Zac Santo (New Zealand Warriors), Scott Sorensen (Cronulla Sharks), Dave Taylor (Toronto Wolfpack), Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants)|
|Re-Signed: Jarrod Croker (2020), Masivesi Dakuwaqa (2018), Joseph Leilua (2020), Jordan Rapana (2019), Elliott Whitehead (2020), Jack Wighton (2020)|
|Off Contract 2018: Blake Austin, Luke Bateman, Shannon Boyd, Bill Cullen, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Craig Garvey, Siliva Havili, Dunamis Lui, Jack Murchie, Michael Oldfield, Josh Papalii, Junior Paulo, Aidan Sezer, Iosia Soliola|