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Tuqiri basking out of the limelight

20/01/2010 10:52:15 PM Comments (0)

Lote Tuqiri has hinted he may extend his stay in English rugby.

The former Wallabies winger flagged the possibility of turning his back on a high-profile return to the NRL in favour of relative "anonymity" at Leicester, where his current contract expires in March.

"In the past I have only thought about my footy career but there comes a time when you have to think of family a lot more," said Tuqiri, whose four-year-old son has started school in England.

"They are enjoying it over here. We are from Australia and our roots are there, but we have entrenched ourselves here and it's not too bad being away from home.

"I have a bit more anonymity and being out of the limelight has opened my eyes to a different world. I have never spent this much time with the family and I am enjoying it."

His comments follow reports the 30-year-old former Brisbane Broncos player will join Wests Tigers in a league comeback this year.

Tuqiri moved to Leicester with his wife and two sons in November after the Australian Rugby Union terminated his contract last July.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "I'd like Lote to stay. Everyone raised their eyebrows when we signed him, but he has settled in well."

Earlier this month, Tuqiri said he hadn't ruled out a move to French rugby.

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