Rugby League: Eagles boss to stick with ‘Loto’ plan

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Sheffield Eagles will continue the experiment of playing new signing Lelauloto Tagaloa at prop forward as he settles into the UK game.

The USA international, nicknamed ‘Loto’, was at centre during the World Cup but at 6ft 4ins and 16st combines power with sharp initial pace.

Eagles coach Mark Aston pulled a surprise by using the player as a forward sub in Sunday’s 46-10 win over Dewsbury.

“We will keep him there,” admitted Aston.

“We put him on at prop which is a new one for him and told him to whack in there.

“He’s a big unit and going to be a handful as he gets more into the game.”

Tagaloa put in some big drives before his second Eagles game was cut short by an eye injury.

Aston added: “He got a poke in the eye and had a bit of blurred vision so we didn’t want to risk him.

“We had sprints and he was winning them.

“Loto’s quick and that’s why he was played in the centre by his country.

“He just needs the awareness and he will be devastating.”

Bu Aston added: “It doesn’t mean he won’t go back into the centres or play in the back row; we are just trying to give him the knowledge.”