SHEFFIELD EAGLES: 100th milestone for PNG centre

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SHEFFIELD Eagles one-man blitzkrieg Menzie Yere will launch into his 100th game for the club this weekend.

The Papua New Guinea international centre is in his third season with the Eagles in which time he’s blasted his way to 67 tries.

“Menzie’s great, there’s no wonder he scores all the tries, he’s like a tank and when he gets in full flow there are not many people who want to get in his way,” said coach Mark Aston. “It’s a milestone and there aren’t many overseas players that make 100 games for one club. He’s got 67 tries but we’d like a few more!”

Yere’s exploits for the PNG national team have made him a folk hero in his home country where rugby league is the national game.

His power runs to break defensive lines and his ferocious tackling earned him the nickname ‘Jukebox’ (because he has all the big hits) from the Australian media after one international tournament. Yere’s 67 tries have included six hat-tricks with the last in the 44-10 win over York Knights.

He’s scored 15 tries this season and hopes to add to that when the Eagles travel to Swinton Lions, who play at Leigh Sports Village, on Sunday (2pm).

Yere, 28, arrived in Sheffield at the start of the 2009 season. His wife Sandy later joined him and the couple’s son Xavier was born in the city last Christmas Eve.

“Sheffield is a good place but the weather is not so good but after three years I should be used to it,” said Yere. “It was very different to back home but I’ve settled in. I have another year on my contract, after that maybe, we’ll see.”