OFFICIAL FORBES LIST: 2019 Top 10 Richest Rugby Players in Papua New Guinea
Emmanuel Menzie Yere (born 24 October 1983) is a Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer who plays for the Sheffield Eagles in the RFL Championship. He is a Papua New Guinea international. He is also Sheffield’s all-time leading try scorer with 192 tries in 287 games.
Yere has three sons with his wife Sandy.
In 2010, his club discovered that Yere had been buying kit (particularly boots) and taking unwanted kit to send back to his home country, where kit shortage is a problem. With Yere’s support they set up Kits2Kids, a charity that collects kit from companies, clubs, schools and individuals and ships it to PNG.
After his final season with the Eagles it became apparent that Yere was going to struggle to gain British citizenship based on the cost of application. Therefore, the Sheffield Eagles’ Supporters Trust began a campaign to raise the sufficient funds for the Yere’s to stay in the country. They managed to raise £5,000 in five days.
In April 2019 he was granted permission to reside in the UK and re-signed for the Sheffield Eagles.
09. John Wilshere
John Wilshere (born 5 May 1978) is a Papua New Guinean former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Salford City Reds.
Wilshere had represented his country many times and was a key player in their squad at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup in Australia.
His previous clubs included the Leigh Centurions, Warrington Wolves and the National Rugby League’s St George Illawarra Dragons and Melbourne Storm.
Wilshere scored 538 points for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup. Wilshere scored 358 points for the Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup.
Wilshere was captain of the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Wilshere was named as part of the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2009 Pacific Cup.
On 7 November 2009, Wilshere announced his retirement from the Kumuls.