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link up with hull kr includes halifax aswell.

20 December 2014 - 12:59 AM

Hull Kingston Rovers have today outlined new, exciting details of the close working relationship with 'partnership club' Gateshead Thunder who will - of course - be featuring four Kumul internationals next year.

And, in an exciting new twist, Rovers' have also revealed that another team, Halifax, - a strong club who operate in the English second tier - will be joining the 'alliance' too.

Dealing with Gateshead first.

Not only will Stanley Gene's men - who operate in the English third tier - be provided with access to conduct one training session per week in Hull, using Rovers' facilities, but there are also plans for the two squads to hold joint training sessions when schedules allow.

This can only benefit the PNG boys, not least because it raises the tantalising prospect of one or more of them impressing the Hull KR coaching staff sufficiently to earn a Super League contract!

Whatever happens, training alongside established Super League players will provide the Kumuls quartet with a first-hand insight into the sort of conditioning levels they will need to achieve if they hope to make it into England's top-flight.

Also, it is hoped that all four Kumuls will benefit from some 'face-time' with their counterparts in the Rovers' senior ranks, particularly those who they will have seen many times in the NRL on TV.

For example, Mark Mexico will get the chance to pick the brains of former Kangaroos prop Mick Weyman; Gary Lo and Jason Tali could learn a lot from ex-Parramatta Eels 'excitement-machine' Ken Sio, while Rovers' new high-profile pivots Terry Campese and Albert Kelly can pass on some invaluable tips to Charlie Wabo.

Once again, a number of Hull KR's best young prospects are expected to feature for Gateshead under a 'dual-registration' agreement, but the more seasoned first-grade players not making the match-day 18 will now be offered to play at a higher level with Halifax.

Halifax are a strong, traditional club who also hold a link to Papua New Guinea, given that Stanley Gene himself finished off his illustrious career there in 2010, where he was also joined by former Hull KR team-mate Makali Aizue who quickly became a fans favourite.

Overseeing the new alliance will be recently-retired former Hull KR stalwart Jason Netherton in a new role of 'Partnership Liaison Officer', with part of his remit being to increase rugby league participation levels in Hull, Halifax and the wider Gateshead area.

Halifax RLFC chairman Michael Steele said: “In the 'new era' of Rugby League, we are delighted to have the benefit of a partnership with Hull KR and Gateshead Thunder.

“The co-operation between the clubs will be comprehensive and we all expect to progress operationally."

friendly v thunder

19 December 2014 - 01:36 PM

Hi all we play a pre season friendly against dewsbury at home kingston park newcastle on saturday January 24th k.o 4pm, should be a good game.

2015 friendly's

18 December 2014 - 01:10 AM

1st confirmed friendly is away at keighley cougars on sunday 22nd febuary 3pm k.o, should he a very good game, will be traveling to this one, roll on 2015! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!!

stuart kain

06 December 2014 - 11:54 PM

See in league express couple weeks ago that fullback stuart kain has signed from hunslet, another quality signing for us! Kain was fantastic at fullback for us when we won the league in 2008, great to have him back, squad looking great! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!

PNG boys arrive for pre-season

05 December 2014 - 12:13 AM


4th December 2014

Gateshead Thunder’s Papua New Guinean quartet Gary Lo, Mark Mexico, Jason Tali and Charlie Wabo have arrived in the North East and are already acclimatising to their new surroundings.

The four flew in to the North East last week and have spent the last few days settling into their new home and getting acquainted with their team mates and the facilities they will be using during the 2015 Kingstone Press League 1 campaign.

After being introduced to the local media at Kingston Park on Thursday the four explained the decision that has seen them swap the warmer climate of their home for that of Tyneside.

Jason Tali said: “The main reason is our rugby, it is a big opportunity we have been given to come to a different country and play at a really high standard.”

Mark Mexico added “Stanley is our legend, everyone back home knows Stan and for him to bring us over is a big thing back home. Hopefully, coming to Gateshead, we can play well and inspire people back home.  It is the national game in PNG, all the kids in the schools and the towns have a rugby ball in their hands so hopefully we can inspire them too.”

Thunder beat off stiff competition to land the four players signatures, including interest from Super League and NRL outfits with the lure of playing in a high quality stadium, with elite level training facilities for a club with ambitions of establishing themselves as a top level side in the future proving to be an opportunity too good to pass up.  

Charlie Wabo said “I have played in England with Hunslet and when Stanley spoke to me to tell me about Thunder and the potential I was really excited about what can be achieved, and I think that is the same for the other boys.

“ Thunder is a club that gives players access to facilities that would normally only be available to Super League or NRL level clubs so it is a big opportunity to be part of something from the beginning.”

“Thunder is a club that we can help make into a great team and hopefully make everyone back home proud of us.” 

“We have only been here around a week, but already, we want to say Thank you to Gateshead Thunder to bring us up here. The life and experience that we have already is beyond anything we could have hoped for, the area is beautiful with the countryside, the big cities and the coast all very close and easy to get to.

We’ve been involved in a few coaching sessions already and are looking forward to next year and we are very grateful of the massive opportunity we have been given.”

The PNG boys are one of many reasons now is the time to get behind Thunder and the best way to do that is to become a 2015 Thunder Season Ticket holder.

These will secure your entry to all eleven regular season matches, as well as the Saturday of the 2015 Magic Weekend at St James’ Park with a 2015 Thunder season ticket.

Priced at just £99 for adults, £69 for Concessions and £49 for Under 16s, a Thunder season ticket is the best way to enjoy 2015 and the push towards the Kingstone Press Championship.

To book your season ticket, call 0191 214 5588 and select option