Lee Briers hailed, Albert Vete eyes strong 2022 & “big opportunity” for Toulouse

Lee Briers
Lee Briers will be assistant coach to Matt Peet at Wigan in 2022

Lee Briers hailed

Wigan are “very lucky” to have secured the services of Lee Briers as assistant coach, according to captain Tommy Leuluai. (Wigan Today)

Leuluai told Wigan Today: “I knew he would be sound, but I’ve been very impressed with what he’s brought. I’ve played against him for a long time and he’s a real thinker. As much as we can pick up from him the better. We’re very lucky.”

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Toulouse marketing opportunity

Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick is excited about Toulouse being in Super League. (Warrington Guardian)

He told the Warrington Guardian: “There’s a big market opportunity there with a 1 million-plus population and some blue-chip companies. With two French teams in the competition, could that drive a French TV deal? Possibly. There are some opportunities there that the game needs to seek.”

Albert Vete eyeing up big 2022

Albert Vete

Tonga international Albert Vete has opened up on Hull KR challenges as he outlines why 2022 will be better. (Hull Daily Mail)

He told Hull Daily Mail: “I want to start as many games as I can and get us into a big roll. I want to make a real impact for our team. I’ve had a taste of what it’s like this year.”

From Sao Paulo to Wigan

There is a nice feel-good piece in the Mirror on the remarkable story of Wigan’s Brazilian forward Ramon Silva.

Silva told the Mirror: “I didn’t start rugby until I was about 16. I always did martial arts – my dad is a black belt in Jiu-jitsu and has travelled all around the world coaching.”

Ollie Roberts targets World Cup spot

Huddersfield and Ireland forward Ollie Roberts is hoping to have a good year for club and country. (The Yorkshire Post)

Roberts told The Yorkshire Post: ““I’ll be 27 on Christmas Eve and I should be coming into my prime now. And there’s a World Cup at the end of next year so I need to be pushing on and playing well for my club.”

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Andre Savelio on why he extended Hull stay

Andre Savelio has explained why he never considered leaving Hull despite offers from elsewhere. (Hull Daily Mail)

The Combined Nations All Stars representative signed a new two-year deal with the club last month. He told Hull Daily Mail: “I wasn’t worried about my future here, I wanted to stay here. I had other offers from good clubs and I had interest but I didn’t want to go. I like the team and I wanted to stay at Hull.”

Birthdays

Former Hull KR, Leigh, Castleford, Bradford and York prop James Green turns 31 today (November 29).

Also celebrating; Salford and Scotland forward Sam Luckley (26), ex-Ireland international Sean Gleeson (34), Wales international Elliot Kear (33), Toulouse winger Guy Armitage (30), Batley forward Tom Lillycrop (29).

Trivia

St Helens hold the record for most Super League Grand Final appearances with 14, winning nine.

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