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Mason set to arrive in England

Ian Laybourn 05/03/2011 06:06:34 PM Comments (0)

Hull KR are finally ready to unveil colourful signing Willie Mason.

Six months on from announcing the deal, the club have called a press conference for Tuesday when they will parade arguably the biggest signing in the 15-year history of Super League.

The Robins can expect a media frenzy at Craven Park when they finally get to show-off Mason, who has been a controversial figure in Australian rugby league since bursting onto the scene in 2002.

Rovers announced the prized capture of the 30-year-old former Australian international forward on a two-year contract last September, but have been sweating ever since over his availability as he attempted to cut through red tape.

Mason managed to obtain a Tongan passport, courtesy of his Tonga-born mother, which enabled him to by-pass the overseas quota, but he missed the start of the Super League season as he waited for a visa.

He is best remembered for the single hook that knocked out Wigan prop Stuart Fielden during Great Britain's clash with Australia in the Tri-Nations Series in Sydney in 2006 and coming to blows in the same game with Leeds frontrower Jamie Peacock.

Mason, who was born in New Zealand and after representing Tonga in the 2000 World Cup, won 24 caps for Australia, and flew to meet the Prime Minister of Tonga in January to secure the necessary paperwork to clear the way for his move to England.

The former Canterbury Bulldogs, Sydney Roosters and North Queensland forward rejected an offer from Huddersfield in favour of the Robins.

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