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Wolfpacks Fuifui Moimoi ready for smashing Toronto debut

A YouTube search of the name Fuifui Moimoi returns a ton of big hits.In most highlights the Tongan-born rugby league star bowls opponents over, like the National Rugby League clip wherein he tramples would-be tackler Karmichael Hunt. And sometimes Moimoi gets levelled, like he did after running head-on into Britain’s Sam Burgess in a 2007 test match.A decade spent creating some of the NRL’s biggest collisions made Moimoi a cult legend in Australia, where his name still makes headlines. Last November, the 37-year-old signed with the Toronto Wolfpack, hoping to extend his career and help the first-year franchise graduate from English rugby league’s third division. After missing the club’s home opener, Moimoi makes his home debut Saturday when Toronto hosts the second-place Barrow Raiders at Lamport Stadium. Moimoi might be the best-known player in the third division, where his presence is akin to David Ortiz delaying retirement with a season of A-ball. But he says he takes this late-career project seriously.Article Continued Below“I just want to build this club, and hopefully they get to super league before the time I’m finished,” says Moimoi, who was played internationally for Tonga and New Zealand. “I don’t know (how much longer I’ll play). I’ll see how my body feels.” Rugby star Fuifui Moimoi of the unbeaten Wolfpack makes his Toronto debut on Saturday at Lamport Stadium.  (Richard Lautens / Toronto Star) | Order this photo  Entering this weekend, the undefeated Wolfpack have outscored opponents 412-71. But after throttling seven semi-pro squads they face a fully-professional Barrow club that spent last season in the second division before being relegated. Like the Wolfpack, unbeaten Barrow has racked up lopsided wins, scoring 352 points and surrendering just 88.While Barrow figures to field its best lineup, Toronto enters Saturday missing four starters suspended for throwing punches in a May 6 win over Oxford. But they will have Moimoi, who couldn’t arrange a visa in time to play Toronto’s home opener.

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