Watch: Kevin Naiqama scores first try for Sydney Roosters

Drew Darbyshire
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Former St Helens favourite Kevin Naiqama picked up where he left off in last year’s Super League Grand Final by scoring his first try for Sydney Roosters.

The 33-year-old centre has returned to the NRL after winning three Grand Finals in as many seasons with Super League giants St Helens.

Naiqama initially announced his retirement after winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy in last year’s 12-10 win over Catalans in the Grand Final because he wanted to return back to Australia with his family.

However, Trent Robinson’s Roosters came calling for him in December for the 2022 NRL campaign. The Fiji captain signed a one-year deal with the club.

Naiqama made a try scoring return on Friday as he scored in the Roosters’ 16-8 pre-season trial defeat to Wests Tigers…

Kevin Naiqama relishing NRL return

On his return to the NRL with the Roosters, Naiqama told the club’s website in January: “It’s been amazing to be honest, they’re awesome blokes.

“The boys have been really welcoming which has made that transition really easy for myself. I’m still getting to know the squad but from the players to the coaching staff, everyone has been really welcoming.

“I’ve just been enjoying my time here so far. I’m also keen to spend more time with the boys and to get to know them a bit more as well. All my career, I’ve played against them so it’s been great to get to know those boys and train with them.

“I know I’m a bit older but I feel like I’m learning from all the young boys as well. It’s been great training with them and to develop relationships and build those connections with those boys.

“For me it makes me feel really welcomed and part of the team.”

Kevin Naiqama, who has won 19 caps for Fiji, will be hoping to play in his third and final World Cup this autumn.

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