14 Oct 2008

Former Cook Islands rugby league international dies

9:39 am on 14 October 2008

The former Cook Islands International Rugby league player Kevin Iro says he's saddened to hear about the sudden death of Adam Watene.

31-year old Watene of New Zealand Maori and Cook Islands who played in the European Superleague for Wakefield died suddenly during a gym training session yesterday.

A former Castleford front-rower, Watene joined the Wildcats in 2006 after a short stint with Bradford.

Iro who had an illustrious league career with brother Tony says he first met Watene when they played together in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

"He's a huge loss to rugby league and obviously to the Cook Islands who you know only have a very small pool of players, we're all very close and we keep in contact with each other so yeah it's pretty tragic."

Adam Watene is survived by his wife and two children.