Brad Takairangi makes Hull KR return with reserves

Josh McAllister
Brad Takairangi Hull KR

Brad Takairangi returned to Hull KR and featured in the club’s reserves against Leeds on Friday. 

It was the 32-year-olds first game since he was stood down by the club earlier in March.

The former NRL centre was given a suspended jail sentence for crashing into a police car on the wrong side of the road while drunk in January. He has also been ordered to carry out 300 hours of community work.

He admitted two drink-driving offences at Hull Magistrates’ Court on 3 March. The Cook Islands international was stood down earlier in March while awaiting his sentence.

A police officer who was in the car had been left with an injured knee. He had also suffered serious psychological effects, Hull Crown Court heard.

Hull KR confirmed in a statement that the Cook Islands international would be free to play for the club. They said: “The club have also undertaken and concluded an internal disciplinary procedure. Brad is now available for selection if, and when required.”

Brad Takairangi makes reserves appearance

Takairangi returned to action for Hull KR’s reserves, named in the centres.

Pheonix Laulu-Togaga’e was named at full-back. The 18-year-old made his Super League debut in February against Castleford from the bench, having joined the club ahead of the 2022 campaign.

Ethan Ryan, who has made one appearance for Tony Smith’s side so far this season, featured on the wing.

Ben Crooks also played in the centres. The 28-year-old has had a disrupted season so far due to injuries. Former Newcastle Knights, Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons forward Korbin Sims was also named at loose forward.

Jack Sinfield and Alex Mellor both featured for the Rhinos, who claimed the 36-32 victory.

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