London Broncos sign Api Pewhairangi
By Charlotte Bates
Last Updated: 23/05/16 10:53am
Api Pewhairangi has signed a contract with the London Broncos until the end of 2017, just two weeks into his four-week trial period.
The 24-year-old made his debut for the Kingstone Press Championship club in their 62-4 victory over Whitehaven on Sunday, where he impressed by scoring two tries in a man-of-the-match performance.
The former Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors stand-off, who represented Ireland in the 2013 World Cup, has returned to rugby league after a spell with PRO12 side Connacht.
"I'm looking forward to playing rugby league again and doing what I can to help this team," Pewhairangi said.
Broncos coach Andrew Henderson was pleased with the player's quick transition back to rugby league.
"Api's contribution to the game was excellent. To say that he's been out of rugby league for 12 months and to come here and have his first game and make the contribution he did was fantastic," Henderson said.
"He looked comfortable on the field. In the first two weeks of training he just slotted into the system. I was confident enough in his ability and where he's at physically and mentally to play him today, and he's shown us what he is capable of.
"He's a brilliant addition to our team and we're looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2017 brings."