AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 24: Siliva Havili reacts during the Tonga Rugby League World Cup Semi Final Captain's Run at Mt Smart Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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.”

Raiders 2023 Player Movements

2023 Gains
None
2023 Losses
Adam Elliott (Newcastle Knights), Josh Hodgson (Parramatta Eels), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (New Zealand Warriors), Ryan Sutton (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Sam Williams (released)
Re-Signed
Corey Harawira-Naera (2025), Corey Horsburgh (2025), Tom Starling (2024)
Off Contract 2022
Elijah Anderson, Matt Frawley, Ata Mariota, Adrian Trevilyan

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