The New Zealander, who is a specialist goal keeper, is a late addition to the squad, replacing Madi Browne after it was confirmed the former Australian international would not be joining the Rhinos until next season.
The 28-year-old began her career in the UK with Yorkshire Jets where she helped the team to a fourth place Superleague finish. She went on to play for Team Northumbria before making the switch, to Loughborough Lightning in 2018, where she played alongside current Rhinos Vicki Oyesola, Rosie Harris and Emily Hollingworth.
A strong and intelligent circle defender, she will bring a wealth of experience to the Rhinos side from her playing career on both sides of the hemisphere.
What the coach says: “We are delighted to have Tuaine join our team and so grateful she was available and willing so close the start of the season. She’s a really seasoned Superleague campaigner with excellent smarts and great tenacity. I’ve seen her perform brilliantly against some of the best goal shooters in the league in previous seasons, so I think she’s going to be a great addition to our defence end.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for her but considering she’s played with so many of the players in our squad before, she’s slotted into training this week like she has been here for the whole 18 weeks. She is a great character to have on board and hopefully she can become a really important figure in our team.”