Sosaia Feki

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Sosaia Feki
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Personal information
Born (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing[1]

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013– Cronulla Sharks 126 58 0 0 232
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 Tonga 2 0 0 0 0
As of 3 October 2017
Source: [2]

Sosaia Feki (born 9 May 1991[4]) is a Tongan international rugby league footballer who plays for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League.[5] Feki primarily plays as a centre and wing. He was part of the Cronulla team that won their maiden premiership title in the 2016 season.

Background

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Feki is of Tongan descent. Feki played his junior football for the Bay Roskill Vikings before being signed by the New Zealand Warriors. Feki played for the Warriors NYC team in 2010 and 2011.[6] In October 2011, Feki played for the Junior Kiwis.[7] In 2012, Feki joined the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[8]

Feki playing for the Sharks in 2012

Playing career

2013

In Round 8 of the 2013 NRL season, Feki made his NRL debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks against the Newcastle Knights on the wing in the Sharks 21-20 win at Hunter Stadium.[9] In his second game in Round 9 against the Wests Tigers at SFS, Feki scored his first and second NRL career tries in the Sharks 30-6 win.[10] Feki finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 19 matches and scoring 7 tries for the Sharks in the 2013 NRL season. On 8 October 2013, Feki was named in the 24 man Tonga national rugby league team squad for the 2013 World Cup.[11] Feki played in 1 match in the tournament in Tonga's 26-24 loss to the Scotland at Derwent Park in Workington.[12]

2014

In February 2014, Feki was included in the Sharks inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[13] On 11 July 2014, Feki extended his contract with the Sharks for 3-years through till the end of the 2017 season.[14] Feki was the Sharks highest tryscorer of the 2014 NRL season with 9 tries in 20 matches. On 9 September 2014, Feki was selected for the New Zealand 2014 Four Nations train on squad.[15] On 7 October 2014, Feki was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis final 24 man-squad for the series,[16] but didn't play a match in the tournament.

2015

On 31 January and 1 February, Feki played for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[17] On 2 May, he played for Tonga in their Polynesian Cup clash with Pacific rivals Samoa, playing on the wing in Tonga's 18-16 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[18] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 23 matches and scoring 7 tries for the Sharks.[19]

2016

In February, Feki played for the Sharks in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[20] In Round 10 against the Newcastle Knights, he scored a hat-trick of tries in the Sharks' 62-0 win.[21] For a career best 14 tries from 24 appearances, 248 runs amassing 2588 metres, 13 linebreaks and 51 tackle breaks. In October, Feki played in the Cronulla Sharks Grand Final win against Melbourne Storm, however he was forced off with a knee injury in the second half. This was the first NRL Premiereship for both Feki and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. [22]

2017

Feki was scheduled to come off contract, however continued performance led to re-signing with the Sharks through to the 2019 season. Feki, a Cronulla fan favourite stated 'I’m looking forward to it' and 'I’m hoping to stay as long as I can.'[23]

References

  1. ^ Fox Sports News - AAP (February 24, 2017). "NRL 2017: Cronulla Sharks re-sign winger Sosaia Feki until 2019". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sosaia Feki - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  3. ^ Broadcast Commentary Team (2017-07-01). "Round 17 Roosters V Sharks". NRL.com. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  4. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/sosaia-feki/summary.html
  5. ^ Fox Sports News - AAP (February 24, 2017). "NRL 2017: Cronulla Sharks re-sign winger Sosaia Feki until 2019". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Stuff New Zealand Sport News - David Young (April 17, 2016). "The Once Were Warriors team – talent that walked out the Warriors' front door". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "League: Junior Kiwis dominated by NYC grand finalists - Sport - NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  8. ^ "Sharks sign Feki to first grade | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  9. ^ Robert Dillon (2013-05-05). "Sharks overcome Gallen injury blues for golden-point win over Knights". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  10. ^ Glenn Jackson. "Carney on high as Tigers bomb out". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  11. ^ "Tonga Name 20 Players with NRL Experience in Squad for Rugby League World Cup". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  12. ^ "Scotland Have Pulled Off an Unlikely World Cup Victory by Beating Tonga 26-24". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  13. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 14 February 2014. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Feki extends through 2017". League Unlimited. 2014-07-11. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  15. ^ "Six players added to Kiwis squad | Radio New Zealand News". Radionz.co.nz. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  16. ^ "Four rookies in Kiwis Four Nations squad". NRL.com. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  17. ^ "SHARKS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Sam Kasiano Try Saving Tackle on Jorge Taufua Secures Pacific Test Win for Samoa Against Tonga". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  19. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  20. ^ "Cronulla Sharks name 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. 29 January 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  21. ^ "NRL 2016: Valentine Holmes stars as Cronulla Sharks embarrass Newcastle Knights". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-05-15. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  22. ^ "Sosaia Feki says the pain of a knee injury is worth it following Sharks premiership". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  23. ^ Fox Sports News - AAP (February 24, 2017). "NRL 2017: Cronulla Sharks re-sign winger Sosaia Feki until 2019". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved July 17, 2017.

External links

  • Cronulla Sharks profile
  • Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks profile
  • NRL profile
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