Jacob Loko

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Jacob Loko
Jacob Loko 2015.jpg
Loko in 2015
Personal information
Nickname The Loko-Motive[citation needed]
Born (1992-08-12) 12 August 1992 (age 25)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–14 Parramatta Eels 23 4 0 0 16
As of 24 September 2015
Source: [1][2]

Jacob Loko (born 12 August 1992) is an Australian rugby league player who played with the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition.[3]

Early life

Loko is of Fijian and Tongan descent.[4] Loko was raised in Claymore, New South Wales, a small suburb in Campbelltown.

Rugby league career

Loko began playing junior rugby league for Campbelltown City Kangaroos and Eagle Vale, while also attending Eaglevale High School. Loko then moved to Westfields Sports High School playing junior league with the Cabramatta Two Blues and Allsaints Toongabbie, before completing his senior year at The Hills Sports High School. He was part of the team that won the ARL Schoolboy Cup and also played for the New South Wales under 18's team at the state championships.[5]

2010-14: Parramatta

During Loko's senior year in high school, Loko performed strongly on the Parramatta Eels S. G. Ball Cup squad, which earned him a place in the National Youth Competition team. Loko played 16 games for the Parramatta Eels' National Youth Competition team over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, in which he has scored 7 tries including a hat-trick against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[2] Loko made his debut for the Parramatta Eels in round five of the 2011 NRL season, playing against the Melbourne Storm in a 38–0 defeat. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Round 17 game against the Brisbane Broncos. He was ruled out of the remainder of the 2011 NRL season.

In the 2012 preseason, Loko sustained another knee injury whilst boxing. He was once again ruled out for the season. Loko returned to first grade in the 2013 NRL season and made his return in Round 1 against the Warriors, where the Eels won 40-10.

2014-2015: Bulldogs

The Bulldogs signed Loko in 2014. Terry Lamb said that Loko has the same physical traits and dimensions as a young Sonny Bill Williams.[6]

On 2 January 2015, Loko was arrested and charged for high-range drink driving, with a blood alcohol level almost four times above the legal limit.[7]

In October 2015, Loko was caught with five capsules filled with ecstasy on his person at The Star casino. He was sacked by the Bulldogs as a result.[8]

Later years

In 2016, Loko played for the Thirlmere Roosters in the Group 6 Rugby League competition.[9][10]

References

  1. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Jacob Loko - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The World of Rugby League". Web.archive.org. 29 November 2010. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "ARL Schoolboys Cup and ARL Schoolboys Trophy News, results, action photo's, aac schoolboys rugby league comp". Ourfootyteam.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  6. ^ STEVE ZEMEK (16 December 2014). "NRL 2015: Terry Lamb anoints Jacob Loko Bulldogs' fullback for next season". AAP. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs player Jacob Loko charged with drink driving". AAP. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dumped NRL players Willis Pele Meehan and Jacob Loko front court". SMH. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Thirlmere Roosters state premiership credentials". Southwestvoice.com.au. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Shean, Mike (24 April 2017). "Rams remain undefeated". Camdenadvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
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