Moimoi cheering relative in Super Bowl

Leigh's Fuifui Moimoi facing Wigan in pre-season
Leigh's Fuifui Moimoi facing Wigan in pre-season

LEIGH’S Fuifui Moimoi says he will be a proud man as he watches a family member take part in the NFL Super Bowl.

The Centurions cult hero will be pinned to the TV screen tonight to watch the biggest annual sporting event in the world.

His wife’s brother Star Lotulelei is a defensive tackle for Carolina Panthers, who take on Denver Broncos in the NFL decider.

Tongan international Moimoi said: “Everyone is happy for him, and very proud of what he has done.

“We’ll be watching it for sure.”

Moimoi considered jetting out to the showcase event but said: “It’s our first week of the new season, so I didn’t want to miss that.”

Moimoi is a big man, at 17st 3lb, but he is dwarfed by US-raised Lotulelei - who tips the scales at more than 22st.

“He’s seen rugby league and can’t believe we do it without the headgear and the padding,” said 36-year-old Moimoi.

Former assistant Neil Jukes takes charge of the Championship club for the first time today, in the season opener at Batley.

Moimoi added: “We’re obviously disappointed with Paul (Rowley) going, but Jukesy has been with him for a long time, so nothing has really changed.”