2nd February 2018, 13:26 | Hullkr

Tickle and Vaivai boost Hull KR

Tickle and Vaivai boost Hull KR

Hull KR have bolstered their squad ahead of their return to the Betfred Super League with the addition of United States international Junior Vaivai and much-travelled forward Danny Tickle.

New Zealand-born centre Vaivai, 28, who played in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers and represented the States in the 2017 World Cup, has signed a one-year deal with a further 12-month option.

Vaivai is a cousin of Hollywood movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who he says persuaded him to stick with rugby league after he became disillusioned with the game.

His signing is subject to receiving a visa which the club expect to arrive within the next few weeks.

Tickle, 34, has also signed a 12-month deal after leaving Leigh Centurions following their relegation from Super League at the end of the 2017 season.

The goalkicking second rower has racked up over 400 first-team appearances throughout his career with Halifax, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC, Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers and Leigh.

Hull KR head of rugby Jamie Peacock said: “Junior is going to be a really strong acquisition for us. He mainly plays centre or wing but he’s got a bit of versatility as well and (United States coach) Brian McDermott said he was very good with the USA.

“I spoke to Sam Burgess about him during the World Cup as well and he was also singing his praises. He’s a good player and we’ve done well to add him to our squad.

“As for Danny, all the times I’ve played against him or trained with him as part of an England camp, I’ve thought him to be a very good player. He’s still got a lot to offer Hull KR with his experience, his rugby knowledge and also his goal-kicking, which could all prove to be invaluable.”

Rovers kick off their league campaign against Wakefield Trinity at KCOM Craven Park on Friday night.