In what will be his first hit-out of the year, Luke has made it clear he wants big minutes on the park in Palmerston North and won’t be heading to the bench without a fight.”I’m going to tell the trainers to go away if they come to get me,” Luke declared this week.”But I want to be effective too, so obviously if I am not then ‘Mooks’ (coach Stephen Kearney) will send the message out and bring me off.”Despite entering his 11th season in the NRL Telstra Premiership, Luke, who turns 30 in May, said he had a genuine desire to be an 80-minute hooker this season.It comes after a 2016 campaign which saw the 208-game veteran battle through niggling calf and knee injuries, as well as a sluggish start to the season caused by off-season weight gain.”Most definitely [I want to play 80 minutes this year], but I have got great hookers behind me biting at my heels and that is what’s making this a competitive group,” he said.”I feel better [than last year], it was everything you know, it wasn’t just the calf, it was my weight, the knees trying to hold up the fat weight.”Everything has come good… [I’ve lost] about four kilos, that’s where I was before I came [to the Warriors], I am pretty happy and the staff are happy too.”Everything is going well so far, obviously I have to try and perform on the field, that’s where it counts.”Coach Stephen Kearney said he expected to leave his key players on the park for the majority of the match against the Gold Coast in preparation for the Round 1, and welcomed the return of both Luke and former captain Simon Mannering to the line-up this weekend.”We have Round 1 in our sights and focus, so for me it will be pretty much close to the game with interchanges and playing times,” Kearney said.”With Simon you just know that regardless of situation he will deliver.”Issac had a slight calf strain so he was rested last week. It will be good to get a few experienced guys out there.”There were some parts of the game last week (a 30-18 loss to the Storm) that looked like the way we have trained all pre-season, which was pleasing, but it’s about improving that again.”
Zenimax would really like you to purchase a copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order at launch, so it has sweetened the pre-order deal by offering access to the Doom Beta. That news back in February surely increased pre-orders for the game significantly, but it turns out Doom Beta access is somewhat restricted.The Doom Beta FAQ on the Wolfenstein website has made it clear that access to the beta will only be offered on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Wolfenstein is being released for all three of those platforms, but also for the PS3 and Xbox 360. So what happens if you pre-ordered the game for one of those current-gen consoles?According to the FAQ, PS3 owners will be offered access to the Doom Beta on PS4. Xbox 360 owners will, as you probably guessed, gain access via Xbox One. If you don’t own either next-gen machine, then you’re out of luck.It seems likely that if you pre-order on PS3 or Xbox 360 you probably don’t have one of the newer consoles, meaning the Doom Beta offer becomes useless to you. Of course, you may be about to upgrade, but then surely you’d want to play Wolfenstein on PS4 or Xbox One instead, right?Wolfenstein: The New Order is set to launch on May 20. However, the Doom Beta has no set launch date yet, and there’s very little known about it. It could come months after Wolfenstein’s release, or it could be a launch day thing (unlikely). Clearly pre-ordering it as a current-gen console gamer is pretty pointless, though, if your reason for doing so is securing a chance to play Doom early.