The ‘Jukebox’ gets another smash hit

Eagles Menzie Yere with his fans
Eagles Menzie Yere with his fans
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Sheffield Eagles’ Menzie Yere has been named as one of the top five personalities in rugby league last season.

The centre gained the accolade after smashing the club’s tries-in-a-season record with 46 as Eagles won a second successive Championship title.

Yere – nicknamed Jukebox because of his big-hitting tackling - also became the club’s all-time try scorer with 118.

Papua New Guinea star Yere is praised for his impact in the Rugby League Express Yearbook.

The others are Super League players Gareth Hock (Widnes), Danny Brough (Huddersfield), double winning Wigan coach Shaun Wane and Salford’s new owner Marwen Koukash.

Editor Tim Butcher says: “There’s not many players in the history of the game whose name has been adopted as a verb, but Sheffield Eagles centre Menzie Yere is one of them. When a player has been ‘Menzied’ he will be left in little doubt about it, usually when he comes round from semi-consciousness. Since he joined them in the wake of the 2008 World Cup he has played a major role in the Eagles winning back-to-back Championships in 2012 and 2013.”

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