CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Kurt Baptiste of the Raiders in action during the round 16 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos at GIO Stadium on June 24, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Sydney Roosters have announced the signing of hooker Kurt Baptiste for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Baptiste has joined the Club with immediate effect on a one-year deal which sees the 26-year-old make his return to the NRL after being granted a release by English rugby league club Leigh Centurions.

“We’re pleased to have secured Kurt’s services for this season,” said Roosters recruitment Manager Adam Hartigan.

“Kurt is strong and athletic, and he will add some great depth to our squad as a backup hooker to Jake Friend.”

Baptiste has played 61 NRL matches to date with the Brisbane Broncos (2011-12) and Canberra Raiders (2014-17), and in the international arena, he has represented Papua New Guinea (2016-17).


  1. I don’t understand why he was signed. Victor Radley is effective in the hooker position off the bench, Friend doesn’t play Origin, nor does Radley, so why do the Roosters need a back up hooker if they already have one ??

  2. I think this is a great move, i think Friend’s time at the club is coming to the end, where in the following years he will be used as a bench player instead of a starting player. Victor Radley is a great “Young” player however needs time to develop. where as Kurt Baptiste with his experience and creativeness will come into the game and cause more indecision in the defence than Radley.

  3. NEWS FLASH: A mate of mine heard that napa and politis had a falling out last month over a new recruits wages and he aint happy it was over you guessed it money$$$$$$$$$$$$….he is very good mates with sam burgess wink wink say no more i am also told that richo is after a big fish maybe its napa?


    • whoever your mate is and where he got that news from is completely full of it!! haha this is the biggest joke i have heard all day! i know Napa quite well so get the facts right before posting something, and where is the Sam Burgess claim? hahah so full of it!

      • Its just a rumor mate. They aren’t all true. I agree that this is a good signing for the hens though.

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