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Rugby Tigers veteran Dene Halatau announces retirement

Wests Tigers vice-captain Dene Halatau has announced his retirement, set to end his 14-year NRL career at the end of 2016.

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Dene Halatau has announced his retirement, the Wests Tigers vice-captain set to end his 14-year NRL career at the end of 2016.

Halatau, 33, has played 241 NRL games for two clubs, having spent four seasons with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

A veteran of 15 Tests for New Zealand, Halatau said numerous injuries had led to his decision.

"Announcing my retirement is obviously a big thing for me as it's a transition into the next part of my life," he said.

"I felt as though the time is right and it's something that I've been thinking about for a long time now.

"I was grateful to the club, JT [coach Jason Taylor] and the coaching staff for giving me this year; I still feel as though I'm playing good enough football to contribute well for the team.

"I've had a few little injuries over the past season that have just been quite frustrating more than anything and while I'm still feeling okay I think it's the right time to hang the boots up.

"I'm making the announcement now about retirement but it's definitely not putting a full stop on the season, and I don't think for the team either as we are building something really good here.

"Everyone is on the same page and we are working well together, there's genuine excitement among the group and our boys are figuring out how to make the top eight.

"It would be great to finish my career on that note, getting to the finals and showing what this team is actually capable of."

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