Players In Common - Hull KR

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6th September 2017

Widnes Vikings take on Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday 9th September at the KCOM Craven Park, kick-off 3:15pm.

This Saturday's game will see several players take to the field who have experience of playing for both the Vikings and Rovers, so the Vikings media team takes a look back at the careers of these past and present stars...

 

Ben Kavanagh

Halifax-born Ben first joined the Vikings from Wigan Warriors in 2008, initially on loan in the second tier of rugby league. After impressing in his first season at the Club, scoring two tries in 21 appearances, the Vikings made his loan move permanent as he put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal. 

Kavanagh would go on the make an impressive 72 consecutive appearances, and was rewarded for his hard work and consistent performances by being the first player to be given a Super League contract once being granted a licence. 

Ben would go on to make over 170 appearances for Widnes during the eight years at the Club, including a 2014 Challenge Cup semi final start against Castleford Tigers, a game in which the Tigers were 28-6 victors.

Kavanagh would depart from the Vikings permanently in 2016, having spent the majority of the previous season on loan at Wakefield Trinity, and joined the Bradford Bulls in the Kingstone Press Championship.

15 appearances and one try later, Ben secured a move to Hull Kingston Rovers for the 2017 season, where he has been a regular in Tim Sheens’ side. 

Ben can also boast international honours with Scotland, and was part of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad, replacing Keith Galloway. Kavanagh has two tries to his name for his country. 

 

Greg Burke

Like many of the lads born in Wigan, Greg joined the production line for his home town Club from an early age and would go on to make his debut for the Club in 2013, aged just 20. 

Greg played a regular part in Wigan’s 2013 double winning season, making 17 appearances for Shaun Wane’s side and crossing for one try against Catalans Dragons. 

Chances in the Wigan first team became limited for Greg, and he spent time on loan at Bradford Bulls and Workington Town in the 2014 season, before going on a season-long loan to Hull Kingston Rovers in 2015.

Greg would make 21 appearances for the Humberside club, and would impress for Chris Clarkson’s side in the front row throughout the year. 

Burke would return to Wigan for the 2016 season, making 19 appearances, his last for the Club being an impressive display against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan, before securing a move to Widnes Vikings mid-way through the year.

Burke would return to Wigan quickly with the Vikings, and was part of the side that ran out 8-6 victors, and recorded a double over the Warriors at the DW Stadium. 

Greg has made 12 appearances for the Vikings in 2017, scoring one try away to local rivals Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup, with his latest game was an impressive performance against Featherstone Rovers in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers.

 

Chris Clarkson

Leeds born-and-bred, Chris played his junior rugby with East Leeds before joining the Rhinos in their academy setup in 2006. Chris would impress early, and gain representative honours with Yorkshire and England at U17 level. 

After years spent in the Rhinos youth setup, including an Academy Grand Final victory over St Helens, Chris made his debut for his hometown club in 2010 against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Clarkson would make over 110 appearances for the Rhinos under Brian McClennan and Brian McDermott, even making an appearance off the bench in the 2011 Challenge Cup final against Wigan, a game in which they lost 28-18. 

Chris would leave the Club temporarily in 2015, when he joined Widnes Vikings on a season-long loan. Clarkson would become a regular, consistent figure in Denis Betts’ side, making 25 appearances and scoring 5 tries. 

Chris had offers for his services for the 2016 season and beyond, including the Vikings, but the second rower secured a three-year deal with Hull Kingston Rovers. Just like his time at the Vikings, Clarkson became a regular in the 2016 season, making 28 appearances as they were relegated in the Million Pound Game. 

Clarkson stayed loyal to Rovers and remained at the KCOM Craven Park in the Kingstone Press Championship, playing 22 games and scoring six tries, as the club finished top of the table.

 

James Webster

Australian half-back Webster started his career at Balmain Tigers in 1999, in his home town of Sydney, before making the move to Parramatta and the Eels in 2002. 

James made over 40 appearances for the Eels over 3 three season, before signing for Justin Morgan and Hull Kingston Rovers for the 2005 season. Webster was instrumental for Rovers as they returned to Super League in 2006, with a victory over the Vikings in the National League Grand final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. 

Webster became a cult figure with Rovers, but made the move across Humberside the black and whites of Hull FC for the 2008 season. James would only make one appearance for FC, before securing a move to Widnes Vikings for the 2009 season. 

James would go on to make 43 appearances at the Halton Stadium, crossing for ten tries. James would make a starting appearance in the Vikings’ 2009 Northern Rail Cup Final victory over Barrow Raiders. James would hang up his boots 

Webster finished his playing career at the Vikings, taking on head coaching roles at Wakefield Trinity and Hull Kingston Rovers, with the latter being his current destination as Assistant Coach. 

 

Chaz I’Anson 

Chaz started his career at Leeds Rhinos’ academy as a youngster, before an unfortunate leg break ended his career with the Club. Following a full recovery, Chaz subsequently signed for Hull Kingston Rovers, and a debut arrived in 2007 in the last game of the season against Huddersfield Giants as a 21-year old. 

In 2008, Anson would go on to make a further eight appearances, and would go on to score two tries in that time, including a memorable try in the Hull derby against Hull FC. 

Chaz would make 32 appearances for Rovers, before joining Widnes Vikings in 2010 on an initial month loan deal following the retirement of James Webster. Unfortunately for Chaz, he suffered a season ending injury 20 minutes into his debut and needed a knee reconstruction shortly afterwards. 

The Vikings would offer I’Anson a permanent deal following his return from injury for the 2011 season, and handed him the number 7 shirt. A year later, and Chaz would be named as the Club’s vice captain as the Vikings prepared for a return to Super League, which was achieved that season. 

Chaz would move on from the Vikings as the Club stepped back up to the top flight, and joined Swinton Lions for the following two seasons, before forging a career away from rugby league in the form of teaching at Wade Deacon High School.

 

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