Adam Watene

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Adam Watene
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Personal information
Born(1977-10-07)7 October 1977
New Zealand
Died13 October 2008(2008-10-13) (aged 31)
Wakefield, England
Playing information
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight17 st 0 lb (108 kg)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005 Castleford Tigers 28 6 0 0 24
2006 Bradford Bulls 4 0 0 0 0
2006–08 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 58 6 0 0 24
Total 90 12 0 0 48
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–06 Cook Islands 3 0 0 0 0
As of 4 May 2008
Source: [1]

Adam Watene (7 October 1977 – 13 October 2008), known as Adam Cook early in his career, also known by the nicknames of "Morlock", "Monster", and "The Gentle Giant", was New Zealand-born a Cook Islands international rugby league footballer who played in the 2000s. He played at club level in Australia for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Burleigh Bears, and in England for the Castleford Tigers, Bradford Bulls and the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as a prop.[2]


Watene was born in New Zealand. He was of Maori,[citation needed] and Cook Islander descent.

He grew up with fellow rugby league footballer, Adam Wright.


As Adam Cook he won caps for Cook Islands in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.[3][4]

Watene played for Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup in Australia before moving to the UK in 2005 to join the Castleford Tigers in National League 1. In his last season with the Burleigh Bears he won the 2004 Queensland Cup. His move to Castleford was in doubt because of visa issues which led to him being chased by the Gateshead Thunder but eventually he joined Castleford.[5]

In 2005 Watene helped the Castleford Tigers gain promotion to Super League and played alongside his brother Frank Watene.[6] He was signed by Brian Noble in 2006 for the Bradford Bulls[7] but only spent one year at the club before leaving for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Heritage № 1237.[8] In 2007 Watene was one of Wakefield's best players, despite only scoring one try[citation needed].


On 13 October 2008 Wakefield announced that he died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 31 after collapsing during a weight training session in the gym.[9][10]

Jason Demetriou wore Watene's number 8 jersey in the season after Watene's death to honour his memory[11]

Personal life[edit]

Watene had a wife, Moana Watene, and two children.[12]

At the time of his death he held the ceremonial position of the consort of Wakefield's deputy major, Heather Hudson.[13]


Two of Watene's former clubs in each hemisphere compete for specially commissioned trophies named in his honor.

Since 2009 Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity have chosen one of their fixtures to contest the Adam Watene trophy.[14][15]

And in the Southern Hemisphere Burleigh Bears and Wynnum Manly Seagulls play annually for the Adam Watene trophy.[16]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Webeck, Tony (27 September 2014). "Pain behind premiership push". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Statistics at". 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  4. ^ Wales v Cook Islands preview, 27 October 2000
  5. ^ Cook is off the Menu - Thunder Evening Chronicle, 20 January 2005
  6. ^ Davis, John (17 May 2017). Tigers' Top Tens 1926-2015: Teamwork. ISBN 9780244606152.
  7. ^ Bradford sign Tigers prop Watene
  8. ^ Wakefield sign duo from Bradford
  9. ^ Adam Watene's death from heart attack stuns Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, David Burke, Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2008
  10. ^ "Wildcats mourn death of Watene". Super League. 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Rugby 'Wags' Show Posh And Co The Way!". Leeds Rhinos.
  13. ^ Hadfield, Dave. "Wakefield in shock as Watene dies, aged 31". Independent. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  14. ^ Arthur, Bill. "Humble in The Jungle". SkySports. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  15. ^ "ADAM WATENE TROPHY". 10 April 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Bears And Seagulls Play For Adam Watene (Cook) Trophy". Burleigh Bears Leagues Club. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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