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Wests Tigers 2005 Premiership Winner Dene Halatau has tonight been inducted as a Life Member of Wests Tigers, becoming the sixth Life Member of the Club.

Halatau was inducted alongside Chris Lawrence at tonight’s Presentation Night.

The 33-year-old played 180 games for Wests Tigers since his debut in 2003 — featuring in seven seasons before joining the Canterbury-Bankstwown Bulldogs in 2010. Halatau then returned to Wests Tigers in 2014, playing a further 52 games before announcing his retirement and the end of this season with a total of 249 career NRL games.

In addition to winning the 2005 Premiership, Halatau also played 15 Tests for New Zealand between 2004 and 2009 — winning the Tri Nations and World Cup.

One of the most respected players not only at the Club but across the NRL, Halatau is renowned for his extensive community work off the field — featuring as an NRL State of Mind Ambassador on top of his numerous hours of community work each season.

In total, Dene played 180 games in 10 seasons Wests Tigers (including four finals matches), scoring 21 tries, and captained the Club on seven occasions.

Wests Tigers congratulate Dene on his induction as a Life Member of Wests Tigers.

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Player Profile: Dene Halatau

Date of Birth — 27th January, 1983

Position — Utility, Hooker, Second Row

Junior Club — Merrylands Rams & North Ryde Hawks

NRL Debut — Wests Tigers v Manly, Leichhardt Oval, Rd.13, 2003 (08/06/03)

Rep. Honours — 15 Tests for New Zealand (2004-09)

Club Honours — Premiership Winner (2005), Club Captain (2015-16)


Previous Life Members

2015 — Brett Hodgson and Tim Sheens

2014 — John Skandalis and Mark O’Neill

2013 — Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah


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Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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