|Intro||Papua New Guinean rugby league player|
Rugby league player
|Birth||24 October 1983|
Emmanuel Menzie Yere (born 24 October 1983) is a rugby league player who currently plays for Sheffield Eagles in England. He is a Papua New Guinea international. He is also Sheffield’s all-time leading try scorer.
Yere was signed by Sheffield Eagles in 2008 following some impressive performances for his country at the Rugby League World Cup.
In 2010, the club discovered that Yere had been buying kit (particularly boots) and taking unwanted kit to send back to his home country, where kit shortage is a problem. With Yere’s support they set up kits2kids, a charity that collects kit from companies, clubs, schools and individuals and ships it to PNG.
Yere is often known as “The Jukebox” because he has so many hits, referring to the large number of heavy tackles he makes in each game.
In 2013, he scored a club record 46 tries in one season, comfortably beating the previous record of 35 tries set by Quentin Laulu-Togagae a year earlier. He also surpassed Daryl Powell’s career total of 114 tries, making him the club’s highest all-time try scorer.
Yere played for PNG in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, where he scored one try against Australia.
Yere was named as part of the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2009 Pacific Cup. Papua New Guinea won the tournament with Yere scoring two tries in each the semi-final and the final.
He played for Papua New Guinea in the 2010 Four Nations tournament scoring two tries, taking his total representative tries to 9, the most for any PNG player.
Yere was selected by coach Adrian Lam as part of the train-on squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.