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Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai to retire at the end of the Super League season

Last Updated: 17/01/13 4:09pm

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Kylie Leuluai: Confirmed his retirement plans

Kylie Leuluai: Confirmed his retirement plans

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Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai has confirmed that he will retire after the 2013 season.

The 35-year-old New Zealander has already postponed his retirement once, signing a new 12-month contract midway through last season.

After the Rhinos' Grand Final victory over Warrington last October, Leuluai spoke about playing on but he told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "This will definitely be my last year.

"We have already made plans to go home. I could play on for another two years otherwise but you have got to stop some time."

Auckland-born Leuluai is currently battling to overcome a knee injury in time for the Super League opener against Hull on 1 February.

Along with winger Ben Jones-Bishop, Leuluai remained in England as the rest of the Leeds squad flew to Portugal for a pre-season training camp. He will not feature in Sunday's Danny McGuire testimonial match against Bradford.

Former Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers player Leuluai has made 189 appearances for the Leeds since joining them from Manly Sea Eagles in 2007 and played in five Grand Final victories for the Rhinos, in 2007-2009, 2011 and 2012.

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