After a full season in NSW Cup in 2014 that saw him win the Player of the Year Award, Kyle Lovett was named initially named as 18th man for Round 1, 2015.

However, with centre Chris Lawrence a late withdrawal due due to injury, Lovett would be rushed into the side and make his first-grade debut against the Gold Coast Titans.

The Leichhardt junior was a regular in Jason Taylor’s side for the rest of the season, named in his preferred back-row position on twelve occasions, and off the bench in seven.

Lovett showed his ability to play long minutes when required, notching up 70-80 minutes on nine occasions throughout what was fast becoming a superb debut season.

He re-signed with the Club for a further two seasons in August, and finished the year as the Club's NRL Rookie of the Year, announced at the recent Grand Final Luncheon.

 

Year in Numbers

Games

Tries

Goals

Points

Metres

Runs

Tackles

21

1

-

4

966m

188

663

 

Best Game — Round 14 vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs

With Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah away and Dene Halatau going off injured during the match, he mobile forward played 80 minutes in the back-row racking up 131 metres from his 13 carries and providing 30 tackles in his side’s impressive 34-6 victory.

 

Season Highlight — Round 4 vs. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Promoted to the starting back-row for the first time of his career, Lovett scored the opening try of the game and his first in the NRL after bursting onto a short pass from halfback Luke Brooks close to the line, before being quickly mobbed by his teammates.

 

Milestones and Achievements

NRL Debut — Round 1 vs. Gold Coast Titans (Cbus Super Stadium, 7/3/15)

First NRL Try — Round 4 vs. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (ANZ Stadium, 27/3/15)

Wests Tigers NRL Rookie of the Year Award