York Lokomotive hit the beach in Magaluf

York Press: Papua New Guinea and Super League legend Stanley Gene, in green, with York Lokos players during their chance meeting at the Puss ‘N’ Boots pub Papua New Guinea and Super League legend Stanley Gene, in green, with York Lokos players during their chance meeting at the Puss ‘N’ Boots pub

YORK Lokomotive ARLC have a club trip to Magaluf this weekend to play in an international beach rugby tournament - boosted by a team talk from Super League legend Stanley Gene.

Lokos players have flown to Majorca for a tournament featuring 160 teams from nine countries around Europe.

It follows their Yorkshire Men's League group two opening success over derby rivals Heworth 'A', and their chance meeting with Papua New Guinea great Gene, the current Gateshead Thunder boss.

The ex-Hull KR, Bradford and Huddersfield hero was in the area attending a friend's birthday party - his pal plays for Lokos' partner club York RI RUFC - and enjoyed a drink in the Lokos' Puss 'N' Boots public house base.

He said: "If I didn't have my coaching commitments it (the Lokos) would certainly be a club I'd love to play for"

Simon Moat, Lokos head coach said: "Stan is one of my all-time heroes. I met him a few years back when I did some work on Mount Wilhelm, PNG. it was nice to catch up with him again."

Yorkshire Men's League group two begins in earnest on Saturday but the Lokos brought their first game forward to last week, beating Heworth 'A' 23-12.

Heworth 'A' therefore have no league game either this weekend, aside from the club friendly against New Earswick tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, Selby Warriors 'A', still with three matches to play of their Pennine League division seven winter season, visit King Cross Park 'A'.

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