Yesterday may have been Grand Final day but one Super League star was doing something quite unexpected.
Former Hull FC winger Bureta Faraimo played rugby union yesterday for Pocklington against Old Bordleians at 3pm.
The winger was named on the bench for the rugby union club being related to Richie Kaisia who plays for the union side through marriage.
He has been allowed to play by Castleford Tigers to play in the games and it seems like he is set to play more than one with Pocklington saying he’s “looking forward to playing with Richie for a few games during the rugby league closed season.”
A United States international and with the USA not in the men’s World Cup only appearing in the Wheelchair tournament he’ll be missing out whilst teammates play, so this will likely keep him sharp for the next few months but Castleford fans will be hoping he avoids injury.
He certainly made a good first impression coming on after 10 minutes due to an injury picked up by one of his teammates in the act of scoring.
Faraimo made an instant impact scoring two lovely tries from a fair range and was a constant threat on the ball as the winger, wearing the number 17, showed what he can do.
Certainly an encouraging performance for Castleford fans, he did end the season in fine form with a brilliant display in defeat to Leeds in the final round where he made plenty of metres.
Cas fans will likely be glad he avoided injury and will hope he does so every time he plays for Pocklington.
The Tigers will be hoping to make the play-offs in 2023 after just missing out this year and have signed Hull KR forward Albert Vete in hope of doing so.