Leuluai cleared after bug
Leeds Rhinos prop forward Kylie Leuluai has recovered from a mystery stomach bug in time for Samoa's Pacific Cup qualifying clash.
By Lizzie Rose
Last Updated: 16/10/09 11:53am
Leeds Rhinos prop forward Kylie Leuluai has recovered from a mystery stomach bug in time for Samoa's Pacific Cup qualifying clash with Cook Islands.
Leuluai was rushed to hospital after experiencing severe stomach cramps but has been given the all clear to play in Cairns.
The 31-year-old, who was a member of the Rhinos' Grand Final-winning team at Old Trafford last Saturday, said he still doesn't know exactly what caused his illness.
"I must have eaten some dodgy pasta or something but I'm all good to go now," he said.
Leuluai will be joined in the Samoa team by his uncle Phil Leuluai, who plays for Salford.
Wigan back rower Harrison Hansen is also included, while St Helens forward Tony Puletua has withdrawn due to family commitments but will be available for the Pacific Cup if they qualify.
"It's going to be a huge game for us and the Cook Islands," said Leuluai.
"We both want to go to PNG for the Pacific Cup and have a chance of winning it so it will be no holds barred tomorrow night, especially with the hardship our people are facing back home.
"I'm sure it will really spur us on because it's an emotional time for a lot of the boys who have family there."