The clash against his old side was supposed to come last year for the man mountain, but injury got in the way of that happening. Now, with a trial match being played to raise funds for the Greymouth area in light of the NZ mine tragedy, Evarn Tuimavave will get the chance to go against his former team-mates.
It was a ruptured achilles injury that forced him to miss the second half of 2010, meaning that he was unable to go up against his former Warriors team-mates, a game that Evarn was eager to play in, but could not.
Evarn, who is a Warriors junior, was at the Warriors for 7 years from 2002-08, and finished on 99 appearances with the NZ club, and subsequent neck and knee injuries, meant that he had to wait until Rd 19 of 2009 to make his 100th NRL appearance.
After those injuries he sustained ended his career with the Warriors, but once he had recovered, he received a life-line from the Newcastle Knights, who were looking at bolstering their front-row stocks, and the experience of Evarn was something that drew them to him.
“Once I landed and was ready to take off the guys were already there to tackle me and it (the Achilles) just snapped,” he said.
“I gave it to the dummy-half after my surgery, told him to stop throwing shit balls.”
Whilst Tuimavave did admit that the injury was a streaky one, in that it is the type of injury that is not very common, he was disappointed that he got injured, as he was unable to prove his worth and get his NRL career in Australia off on the right track.
“It was my first year in Australia and I was going pretty good so it was a shock,” he said.
“It was a bit sore to start with but I’m fine now and back in full training,” said Tuimavave.”
The move to Tuimavave is also bittersweet for him, as Newcastle is a big mining town, in light of Nathan Tinkler and his presupposed acquisition of the club, and for Evarn, it feels a bit like home, given the events at the Greymouth mine.
“We come from a mining town so I think it hit a few people close to home just how risky their jobs can be sometimes,” he said.
“If we can put a smile on some faces that that’ll be good.”