The London Broncos have signed ex Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors stand off/centre, Api Pewhairangi, on a four week trial.
The 24 year old New Zealand native also holds an Irish passport – having previously represented Ireland in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup – and joins the Broncos from Connacht RU in the Pro 12
Hailing from Palmerston North, Pewhairangi was signed by the Newcastle Knights at only 16, when he re-located to Australia. He stayed with the Knights, playing in the National Youth Competition, until 2012, when he was selected as a member of the Junior Kiwis squad to play the Junior Kangaroos.
Later signed by Parramatta Eels in 2013, Pewhairangi captained the side in the NSW Cup, and played a total of four games before being side lined with a hand fracture. He was also a member of the NZ Maori team from 2012-2014, and pulled on the Warriors jersey in 2015, again in the NSW Cup.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Api to our squad, and it’s great to see him back in rugby league,” said head coach, Andrew Henderson.
“Api is a skilful player, and will offer some utility value in the backs, adding further strength in depth to the squad.
“He’s come through some good systems, and we’re excited to find out what he’ll bring to the squad.”