Duane began a professional career in rugby league back in 1989 with British heavy weights Warrington. He returned home in 1995 as a member of the Warriors inaugural team in the Australian Winfield Cup.
During this time he also played 29 test matches for the Kiwis and went on to become captain in 1994. Duane also has the distinction of being a player and captain for two countries as he captained Tonga in both the 1995 and 2000 rugby league World Cups.
Over recent years Duane has established a coaching, teaching and administration career working as a High Performance Director with the RL Foundation and has also worked along side the Vodafone Warriors as their Junior Development Coach.
Duane currently works as a Coaching Development Manager across the Greater Auckland Region. The focus is to improve coaching structures and the coaching process within regional sport organisations, clubs and schools.
Duane also has strong communication skills working with Sky TV as both a commentator and presenter.