Stanley Gene has high hopes

Date published: Thursday, April 10, 2014

The following article on Stanley Gene has been sent to us by the Gateshead Thunder media department ahead of their visit to Whitebank this Sunday, April 13 (3pm kick off):

After an encouraging 2013 season, with four wins and a seventh place finish Thunder are looking to be at the sharp end of Kingstone Press Championship One. The man tasked with achieving this, is Stanley Gene.

A well respected stalwart of the game, Gene enjoyed a thirteen year career in Rugby League in Britain representing Bradford Bulls, Halifax, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and Hull KR, where he was instrumental in establishing the club in the Super League.

Gene also enjoyed a distinguished international career representing Papua New Guinea, earning 25 caps over a 13 year period; he played predominantly as a Stand Off, scored nine tries and captained the Kumuls at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Having moved into coaching in 2010, following his retirement, Gene has enjoyed stints in charge of PNG and as an integral part of Hull KR’s coaching set up and joins the Tyneside club keen to build up his managerial experience.

Seeing the club as one with a huge amount of potential, Gene and his coaching team are already making a telling contribution to the side, with the two pre season friendly’s against York City Knights and Whitehaven showing a definite step up in the performance of the team.

With a young and hungry squad to work with, Gene is confident of making a significant impact with Thunder and taking the club forward to a bright future

Away from a game, Gene is the founder of the Stanley Gene Foundation, a charitable body that works in Papua New Guinea supporting people in villages and settlements, including the building of infrastructure to supply fresh water to rural villages and providing aid to the children’s ward of Goroka Hospital.