Kevin Locke heads to France, Tyrone Roberts gets NRL chance & WCC latest

Kevin Locke
Kevin Locke in action for New Zealand Warriors in 2013

Kevin Locke heads to France

Former New Zealand international full-back Kevin Locke is set for a spell in France. (Stuff)

The 32-year-old will reportedly join French Elite 1 Championship side Carcassonne for next season. Locke has not played at the top level since leaving Wakefield in 2016. Locke made 18 appearances whilst in England with Salford and Wakefield. He won eight caps for the Kiwis between 2011-13.

Tyrone Roberts handed NRL chance

Former Warrington half-back Tyrone Roberts has been handed a train and trial contract with Wests Tigers. (Fox Sports)

The 30-year-old has played in the lower grades Down Under since departing Gold Coast Titans in 2020. Tigers coach Michael Maguire has given Roberts a chance to play in the NRL again.

Best wishes to Zook Ema

Former Hull KR prop Zook Ema has been diagnosed with leukemia. (Hull Daily Mail)

Ema made 233 appearances for the Robins and remains a popular figure at the club. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time and our best wishes go to Ema in his fight.

World Club Challenge latest

It is unlikely that the World Club Challenge between Super League champions St Helens and NRL premiers Penrith Panthers will go ahead in 2022. (Yorkshire Live)

The chance of the WCC returning next year has been cooled by sources, according to Yorkshire Live. It is claimed there are too many hurdles to jump to get the game to go ahead.

Touching words from Rob Burrow

Rob Burrow has sent a heartfelt message to his good friend Kevin Sinfield after the latter ran 101 miles in 24 hours in his latest fundraising challenge.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Burrow said: “Thank you so much to all involved with this event. The money raised will help people to get great facilities for a new care centre and to help the MND find a cure. Today is an amazing day for all the community and it will benefit every sufferer. Lastly to an amazing friend in Kev, you don’t realise the impact you have had on me and the whole MND community.”

Catalans recruitment update

Dylan Napa’s move to Catalans Dragons is reported to be imminent. (L’Independant)

The 29-year-old prop has made more than 170 appearances in the NRL for Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs. He has represented Queensland seven times in the State of Origin arena and played for the Cook Islands at the 2013 World Cup.

Birthdays

Former dual-code Wales international Anthony Sullivan turns 53 today (November 23).

Also celebrating; Scotland coach Nathan Graham (50), New Zealand World Cup winner Jerome Ropati (37) and former Hull winger Fetuli Talanoa (34).

Trivia

Kevin Sinfield was named in the Super League Dream Team four times during his playing career (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009).

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