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Wests Tigers veteran called it a day on his NRL career in 2016 — retiring in the Club’s final game of the year at the ground he made his debut 13 years earlier.

Leading the team out to a packed house at Leichhardt Oval for his 249th and final game, Halatau was given an emotional farewell by fans and players post-match, and was named as a Wests Tigers Life Member two nights later at the Club’s Presentation Night.

Missing the first game of the year due to a suspension carried over from Round 26, 2015, Halatau would not miss a further game in 2016 — playing 23 of a possible 24 games.

The veteran utility would start the year at hooker, moving to the second row, lock forward and on to the bench, before playing the final nine games of the year at hooker.

Co-captaining the Club on several occasions with Aaron Woods injured or away on State of Origin duties, Halatau provided invaluable leadership and experience to the team in 2016, proving his status as one of the true gentleman in the game on and off the field.

The 33-year-old would finish 2016 without a try, but with impressive season totals of 933 metres, 547 tackles, two linebreaks and a try-assist in his final NRL season.

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2016 Year in Numbers






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Milestones and Achievements

Ken Stephen Medal for Community Achievement

Captained Wests Tigers in five games

Inducted as Wests Tigers Life Member


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