Facing Fui will be big test, says pal Tautai

Fuifui Moimoi
Fuifui Moimoi

WARRIORS recruit Taulima Tautai admits the prospect of facing former team-mate Fuifui Moimoi gives Sunday’s friendly more spice.

Shaun Wane and Leigh counterpart Paul Rowley last night confirmed their respective front-row captures are expected to play in the pre-season encounter.

Prop Tautai played alongside Moimoi at Parramatta and says facing the Kiwi cult hero will be a useful gauge ahead of the new Super League campaign.

Tautai said: “It’ll definitely add some spice, it’d be good to play against him.

“He holds himself well, he’s been in the game a long time and played for the Kiwis, so he knows how to handle himself.

“It’d be good to see where I’m at.

“I don’t think anyone likes to put themselves in front of him, but I’m going to have to I guess!”

Moimoi, who arrived in England last week is 35 but Tautai – who previously played against him while at Cronulla – said: “You wouldn’t think he was 35.

“He looks after himself quite well.

“He’s a good fella, quite smart but really laid back.”

Fellow newcomer Larne Patrick may also figure but Wane will wait until later this before finalising his side.

He plans to field a strong line-up, but admits he has several minor injuries to assess.