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Ex-Rooster Moa happy back in Super League

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/02/2017 Ian Laybourn

Former Sydney Roosters NRL prop Sam Moa is happy to be in the Super League again, even if it means occasionally sampling the icy blast of an English winter.

The 30-year-old former New Zealand international, whose career took off during his four seasons with Hull in the Super League from 2009-12, moved to French club Catalans Dragons in the close season and makes his second appearance for them against his old club at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday.

Moa won a premiership with the Roosters during his three-year stint in the NRL and admits it was a big decision to leave Sydney and take up the offer of a two-year deal with the Dragons.

"It was probably the hardest decision I've had to make, career-wise," he said. "We were settled in Sydney and my wife had a good job.

"But I'm absolutely loving it. You don't realise what a beautiful part of the world it is until you actually come here and see it for yourself."

The strong-running Moa became a crowd favourite at the KCOM Stadium, where he made 73 Super League appearances, and he admits he owes a debt of gratitude to Hull for helping him get his career up and running.

"It was only meant to be a one-year thing," he said. "I just thought if I get some Super League games under my belt it would help when I got back home.

"But it turned into four. Before I went to Hull I was always on the fringes and I needed to play regular top-class rugby. It gave me the platform to play regular Super League games and launched my career."

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