Manchester - Australia's David Campese enjoyed plenty of success in England,
including winning the Rugby World Cup in 1991, and now the Wallaby
great's nephew hopes the country will prove a happy hunting ground for
him as well, albeit in a different code.
Terry Campese has certainly had a lot to get his head around since
arriving as Hull Kingston Rovers' star new signing for the 2015 Super
League season, which kicks off on Thursday.
The former Canberra Raider has to get to grips with a whole new style
of play in the UK and a raft of structural league changes implemented
this year, as well as the responsibility of captaining his new side.
The 30-year-old stand-off left Australia's NRL at the end of the last
campaign and he has been tasked with leading a youthful looking Hull KR
side coached by Chris Chester.
The likes of Travis Burns and Josh Hodgson have moved on from last
year making Campese, with all his NRL experience, the natural heir to
lead the side.
First and foremost the Robins will be targeting getting into the top eight after the first 23 games of the season.
After that point the league is frozen and split between the Super 8s - who play for the league crown - and the qualifiers - which is
comprised of the bottom four Super League sides, playing off against the
top four from the second-tier Championship for the right to say in the
And, with Hull KR having finished ninth last season. Campese said he
and his new team-mates would need a fast start when they host Leeds
this weekend if they are to challenge at the top.
"I can't wait for the new season, it's going to be my first time at home on Sunday against Leeds," he said.
"It's definitely every team's goal to make that top eight. We've got
to start the season well, you don't want to fall behind so you’ve got to
get as many wins as you can in that first month.
"We've got a young side at Hull KR and I'll try and pass on as much as possible.”
Elsewhere in the opening round, last year's runners-up Wigan take on a
Widnes side coached by one of their former players, Denis Betts, in the
first match of the new season on Thursday.
The Vikings have been boosted by the signings of experienced duo Aaron Heremaia and Manase Manuokafoa.
Heremaia, formerly a New Zealand Warrior, has joined from Super
League rivals Hull FC and Betts was confident the Kiwi could make an
"We're looking forward to the new season, we've had a lot of
stability in the last two or three years and we've got a strong squad
and we've brought in some quality with Manuokafoa and also Heremaia to
give us some experience," said Betts.
"What I hope to get from Aaron is some experience and leadership.
He’s played in Aussie grand finals and he’s just got a real good
temperament about him.”
Meanwhile, defending champions St Helens face a daunting trip to Todd
Carney’s Catalans Dragons on the first weekend and new skipper Jon
Wilkin insisted his side would have to lift their game despite taking
the title last year.
"As champions there's an added pressure because teams are going to come for us," said Wilkin.
"We set a bit of a standard last year, and my belief is that standard
won’t be good enough this year so we need to have improved
substantially to get the honours we did last year."