Enari Tuala

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Enari Tuala
Personal information
Born (1998-10-19) 19 October 1998 (age 20)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017– North Queensland 11 2 0 0 8
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2018 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
As of 11 October 2018
Source: [1]

Enari Tuala (born 19 October 1998) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League.

Background

Born in Cairns, Queensland, Tuala is of Samoan descent and played his junior rugby league for the Edmonton Storm, before being signed by the North Queensland Cowboys.[2]

Playing career

Early career

After being signed by the Cowboys, Tuala moved to Townsville, where he attended Kirwan State High School and played for the Townsville Stingers' Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cup sides. In 2014, Tuala represented the Queensland under-16 team.[3] In 2015, Tuala scored a hat trick in the Stingers' Mal Meninga Cup Grand Final victory and was selected for the Queensland under-18 team.[4] Later that year, he scored twice in Kirwan's ARL Schoolboy Cup final victory over Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown.[5] In 2016, Tuala played for the Cowboys' NYC side, scoring 12 tries in 15 games. He was again selected for the Queensland under-18 side but was later ruled out through injury.[6][7][8]

2017

In early 2017, Tuala trained during the pre-season with the Cowboys' first grade squad.[9] He played in their first NRL trial against the Sydney Roosters, scoring a try in the 11-10 win.[10]

In May, Tuala played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis,[11] before re-signing with the Cowboys on a 2-year contract until the end of 2019.[12] In round 24 of the 2017 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Cowboys against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[13][14]

2018

In Round 13 of the 2018 NRL season against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Tuala scored his first NRL try in the Cowboys' 26-12 win at Brookvale Oval.[15]

On October 6, Tuala made his senior representative debut for the Prime Minister's XIII, coming off the bench and assisting a try in the side's 34–18 win over the PNG Prime Minister's XIII.[16][17] A week later, on 13 October, he scored a double in the Junior Kangaroos 40–24 win over the Junior Kiwis.[18]

Statistics

NRL

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[19]
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2017 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2018 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 10 2 0 0 8
Career totals 11 2 0 0 8

References

  1. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Enari Tuala - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Edmonton Storm Juniors Success - Edmonton Storm Rugby League Club Inc - SportsTG". SportsTG. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Queensland wins Under-16s Origin". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  4. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Queensland Under 18 team". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Kirwan SHS crowned champions". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  6. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Qld Under 18 team". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  7. ^ "T". 27 December 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Holden Cup Under 20's - 2017 Round 1 SQUADS » League Unlimited". League Unlimited. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Hard road to success for Cowboys sensation". www.cairnspost.com.au. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "North Queensland Cowboys hold on for narrow NRL trial victory over Sydney Roosters". 11 February 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ "Junior Kangaroos team named". NRL.com. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  12. ^ "Cowboys re-sign teenager Enari Tuala - Zero Tackle". 17 May 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Updated team lists: Cowboys v Sharks". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  14. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Final team: Cowboys v Sharks". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Jason Taumalolo powers North Queensland Cowboys to victory over Manly Sea Eagles". 31 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/09/26/pms-xiii-announcement/
  17. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/06/prime-ministers-xiii-score-hard-earned-win-over-papua-new-guinea-pms-xiii/
  18. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/13/junior-kangaroos-defeat-new-zealand-despite-incredible-try/
  19. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Enari Tuala - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 3 June 2018.

External links

  • North Queensland Cowboys profile
  • NRL profile
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