14 Oct 2008

League player dies after training session

9:27 am on 14 October 2008

The Wakefield Wildcats rugby league prop Adam Watene has died "suddenly and unexpectedly" after collapsing during a training session.

The 31-year-old Cook Islands international is believed to have collapsed after training in the gym.

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

The forward's talent was recognised during Castleford's successful 2005 promotion campaign, but he made only five first-team appearances before being allowed to join the Wildcats.

In April Watene was given compassionate leave to travel to New Zealand following the death of his father.