Felise Kaufusi

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Felise Kaufusi
Personal information
Born (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 25)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 109 kg (17 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015– Melbourne Storm 49 9 0 0 36
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015–17 Tonga 2 0 0 0 0
As of 6 May 2017
Source: [1]

Felise Kaufusi (born 19 May 1992) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. He plays at second-row and prop.

Background

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Kaufusi is of Tongan descent and moved to Australia at a young age, playing his junior football for the Bundaberg Brothers, before being signed by the North Queensland Cowboys.

Kaufusi is the younger brother of Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player Antonio Kaufusi and older brother of North Queensland Cowboys player Patrick Kaufusi.[2][3]

Playing career

Early career

From 2010 to 2012, Kaufusi played for the North Queensland Cowboys' NYC team.[4][5] On 2 October 2011, he played in the Cowboys' 2011 NYC Grand Final loss to the New Zealand Warriors.[6] On 28 June 2012, he re-signed with the Cowboys on a 1-year contract.[7] In 2013, he moved on to the Cowboys' Queensland Cup team, Northern Pride RLFC.[8] On 21 August 2013, he signed a 1-year contract with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2014.[9] In July 2014, he played for the Queensland Residents against the New South Wales Residents.[10]

2015

In Round 1 of the 2015 NRL season, Kaufusi made his NRL debut for the Storm against the St. George Illawarra Dragons.[11] On 2 May 2015, he played for Tonga against Samoa in the Polynesian Cup.[12] On 2 July 2015, Kaufusi re-signed with the Storm on a 2-year contract.[13]

2016

On 7 May, Kaufusi played for Tonga against Samoa in the 2016 Polynesian Cup.[14] On 6 July, he was named as 18th man for Queensland in Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin series.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Felise Kaufusi - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Kaufusi brothers lead try-spree | Bundaberg NewsMail". News-mail.com.au. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Kaufusi in line to make NRL debut". Townsvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Toyota Cup Team Lists: Round Two". NRL.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  5. ^ "'Make or break' for Kaufusi | Bundaberg NewsMail". News-mail.com.au. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Warriors clinch golden point victory after Cowboys comeback in Toyota Cup grand final". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Cowboys retain four young stars". NRL News. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Kaufusi and Feldt set for Pride debuts". Northernpride.com.au. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Storm hunts down more young guns | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  10. ^ "XXXX Queensland Residents team". QRL. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Round 1 - Late mail - Storm". Melbournestorm.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  12. ^ "Tonga Named To Face Samoa In Pacific Test". Rugbyleagueweek.com.au. 2015-04-26. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  13. ^ "Young forward commits to the Club - Storm". Melbournestorm.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  14. ^ "Samoa holds on in pulsating Pacific Test". nrl.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  15. ^ NRL. "Addition to Maroons squad". QRL. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 

External links

  • 2015 Melbourne Storm profile
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