Kevin Locke (rugby league)

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Kevin Locke
Kevin Locke 2013.jpg
Locke playing for the Warriors in 2013
Personal information
Full name Kevin Samuel Locke
Nickname Knobby
Born (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 25)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–14 NZ Warriors 88 26 24 0 152
2014– Salford Red Devils 1 1 6 0 16
Total 89 27 30 0 168
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–10 New Zealand Māori 2 0 3 0 6
2011–13 New Zealand 8 2 0 0 8
As of 3 May 2014
Source: RLP

Kevin Samuel Locke (born 4 April 1989) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the Salford Red Devils of the Super League. His usual position is at fullback.

Playing career[edit]

A Northcote Tigers junior who attended Northcote college, Locke first gained attention when he played for the Auckland Lions in the NSWRL Premier League in 2007. In 2008 he was signed by the New Zealand Warriors and played in the Toyota Cup, finishing the season as the competition's second highest points scorer.

On 31 May 2009 Locke made his first grade debut in Round 12 against the Wests Tigers.[1] He scored two tries and kicked one goal on debut as the Warriors won 14-0. The Warriors failed to make the finals of the 2009 NRL Premiership, but Locke finished the season as the club's top point-scorer. He finished his Toyota Cup career at the end of 2009, having made thirty appearances, scoring eighteen tries and ninety nine goals.[2]

On 27 June 2010, Locke grabbed his first hat-trick in first grade, bagging three tries as the Warriors defeated the Sydney Roosters 20-18 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.[3] In scoring his third and final try, Locke injured his hip when colliding with the goalpost, but it was later disclosed that the injury was not as serious as was first feared.[4]

Locke will remain at the club for 2012, after the Warriors exercised an option on his contract.[5] He then signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2013 season.[6]

In May 2014, Salford Red Devils RLFC of the Super League announced Locke had signed a 3 year deal to play for them, beginning in October 2014 ahead of the 2015 season,[7][8] having rejected offers from Union clubs Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors.[9][10]

The Red Devils then negotiated his early release from the Warriors and he arrived to make his debut for the English club during the 2014 season at Huddersfield Giants. Locke scored a try and kicked six conversions in a 10-36 win.

Representative career[edit]

In 2006 Locke made the Junior Kiwis side.

In 2008 Locke played for the New Zealand Māori against the New Zealand Kiwis in a warm-up to the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

In 2009, Locke was named by the New Zealand Kiwis in the 23 man squad to play in the Four Nations tournament in Europe, however he did not play a match for the Kiwis.

Locke again played for the New Zealand Māori in 2010 against England.[11]

On Sunday, 16 October 2011, Locke made his debut for the Kiwis against the Kangaroos at Hunter Stadium (formerly Ausgrid Stadium), playing in the fullback position. He had a strong game and scored a try, however the Kiwis went down heavily to Australia, with a final scoreline 42-6.

Personal Life[edit]

When he was 23, Locke was sentenced in the Auckland District Court to 80 hours community work and fined $1400 for driving while disqualified on May 12 2012, but avoided a further driving ban; his club also fined him $5000. Locke has been suspended for driving twice as a result of demerit points and has been caught speeding on seven occasions. [12]

In October 2013, Locke was engaged to former classmate Hannah Mackinven, with whom he had a son, Louie, in February 2013. They planned to wed in January 2014.[13]

In May 2014, Locke was dating Australian netballer Chelsea Pitman, who was expected to accompany him to England in 2015.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Locke and Heremaia to make NRL debuts Warriors.co.nz, 26 May 2009
  2. ^ Kevin Locke nzleague.co.nz
  3. ^ "Locke steals win for New Zealand Warriors". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Warrior Kevin Locke cleared of major damage". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Lawton, Aaron (15 May 2011). "Warriors high-flyer Kevin Locke's new deal". Sunday News. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Lawton, Aaron (19 June 2011). "Kevin Locke onboard with Warriors till 2015". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Salford Red Devils confirm signing of full-back Kevin Locke from New Zealand Warriors". Sky Sports. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Salford secure Locke coup". 2 May 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Locke rejected rugby union to join Salford". Love Rugby League. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "'Glasgow and Edinburgh wanted to sign me' says Kevin Locke". 10 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "League: Maori draw with England". The New Zealand Herald. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Maas, Amy (6 Dec 2012). "Kevin Locke handed a life-line by courts". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Awarau, Aroha (23 Oct 2013). "Kevin Locke’s league of his own". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Barker, Neil (28 May 2014). "Salford eyeing Leigh star Pitman". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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