Temata turns blue
Oxford were delighted to announce the signing of former London Broncos prop Karl Temata on a short term deal until the end of the season.
Temata started his career at the New Zealand Warriors where he made 52 appearances, scoring 2 tries during his time with them between 2002 and 2005. He then made the move over to join the London Broncos/Harlequins and spent the next 8 seasons with the London outfit quickly becoming a crowd favourite during his time there and was named the club’s player of the year in 2009. He went on to make 137 appearances and scored 11 tries.
The 2013 season saw Temata move over to France and join the Limoux Grizzlies before becoming player/coach of the team the following season. Under his leadership, Limoux progressed to the quarter finals where they ended up playing Villeneuve XIII but in a closely fought match they went down by 28 points to 21 to end their season early.
Karl has also played for the Cook Islands and represented them in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup staring in all 3 group games whilst scoring a try in the Cook Islands 38-6 defeat by Wales in Wrexham.
As well as playing, Karl will also be joining Tony Benson’s backroom staff to help on the coaching side of things to pass his vast experience onto the current crop of players.
On Karl’s move to the club, Oxford coach Tony Benson said “I coached him over in NZ and we have been in touch ever since. I appreciate that he has come to us when he had other offers on the table."
"Im really excited to have him here as he is a quality player and very experienced, that's why I have brought him over as player/coach to also assist me and Martin Roddy."
"He will help the younger players with their learning like Matty Hadden, Tom Davies and Chris Clarke. Also he will help the players coming through from the second team."
"He is a big strong lad, has a great pass, and is a extremely solid defender, who can play in a number of positions on the field. He's a top bloke who will do a lot to improve the makeup of our team and help take us to the next level as we are just lacking that little bit of experience in the side."
Karl was looking forward to the challenge ahead and said "Im really pleased to be here and Im looking forward to playing some footie, I wanted to help Tony out just as he did with me at the start of my career.
I want to pass some of my experience onto the younger players and help develop their game to push them onto the next level as they are a enthusiastic bunch down here who want to learn."