Young Tonumaipea

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Young Tonumaipea
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Tonumaipea on the sidelines of a game in 2016.
Personal information
Full name Yee-Huang Tonumaipea[1][2]
Born (1992-09-06) 6 September 1992 (age 25)
Apia, Samoa
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–18 Melbourne Storm 41 11 0 0 44
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–17 Samoa 5 1 0 0 4
As of 1 June 2018
Source: [3]

Yee-Huang "Young" Tonumaipea (born 6 September 1992) is a Samoan professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. A Samoan national representative, he plays on the wing.


Born in Apia, Samoa, Tonumaipea moved to Melbourne, Victoria at a young age. He attended Roxburgh College, and played his junior rugby league for the Northern Thunder in the Melbourne Rugby League[4] before joining the Melbourne Storm.
On 31 May 2018 he announced he would be leaving Melbourne storm in July, after the State of Origin series to complete a Christian missionary over in Germany for two years. Tonumaipea said "I've come to learn that football is not everything in my life", "I'm a devout Christian, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I'm passionate my full time mission over the next two years can make a difference in other people's lives as well as mine."[5]

Playing career

Tonumaipea playing for the Storm-Sharks mixed team in 2013.

Tonumaipea played for the Storm's S. G. Ball Cup team in 2009 and their NYC team in 2011 and 2012.[2][6] At the end of 2012, Tonumaipea won the Storm's NYC player of the year award. In 2013, Tonumaipea played for the Storm's New South Wales Cup team, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, and was in the Sharks' NSW Cup grand final winning side that defeated the Windsor Wolves 36-8.[7]


In February 2014, Tonumaipea was included in the Storms' inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[8] In round 1 of the 2014 NRL season, Tonumaipea made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on the wing in the Storms' 23-22 golden point win.[9] In round 3, against the Newcastle Knights, Tonumaipea scored his first NRL career try in the Storm's 28-20 win at AAMI Park.[10] In round 6, in a match against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Tonumaipea scored a try after the full-time siren to win to the game for the Storm 28-24 after they had been behind 24-10 in the second half.[11] Tonumaipea was selected to play for Samoa in the 3 May 2014 Pacific Rugby League International against Fiji. Tonumaipea played on the wing in the 32-16 win at Penrith Stadium; Tonumaipea had a try disallowed in the match.[12] On 28 May 2014, Tonumaipea re-signed with the Storm for a further 2 years, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.[13] Tonumaipea finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 14 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Storm.


On 23 January 2015, Tonumaipea was named in the Storm's 2015 Auckland Nines squad.[14]


Tonumaipea was named the Storm's 2016 Auckland Nines squad. He did not appeared in the 2016 NRL Grand Final against the Cronulla Sharks. He played 12 matches and 2 tries.


Tonumaipea was named the Storm's 2017 Auckland Nines squad and he was captained for the Storm with Kenny Bromwich. On 5 February at 2017 Auckland Nines against the Newcastle Knights, he scored a try in the 20-10 win, a try in the Storms' 25-12 win at the quarter finals against the North Queensland Cowboys and a try in the Storms' 16-21 loss over the Sydney Roosters at the semi-final at Eden Park. He played 5 matches and 3 tries for the Nines and in the NRL, he played 7 matches and 2 tries. On 6 October, Tonumaipea was selected the Samoa 24-men squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign. On 11 November in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup against Scotland national rugby league team, Tonumaipea scored his first international try for Samoa in the 14 all draw at Barlow Park in Cairns and he played at fullback, but Samoa progessing on for-and-against average finals series. He played 4 matches and 1 try in the World Cup tournament.


  1. ^ "THE JOY OF SIX: 2015 NRL Nines –". 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "Young Tonumaipea - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 
  4. ^ "Local Young Gun to Stay with Storm". Melbourne Storm. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "NRL player Young Tonumaipea quits for Christian mission". 9News. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "Young Tonumaipea player results, scores, news and statistics". 29 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Michael Carayannis. "Cronulla Sharks overpower Windsor Wolves to claim NSW Cup title". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Storm Edge Out Sea Eagles by Narrowest of Margins". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  10. ^ "Storm Too Strong for Gutsy Knights". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  11. ^ "Storm Beat Dragons in Thriller". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  12. ^ "Gutsy Samoa Secures Place in Four Nations Tournament". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  13. ^ "No CookiesHerald Sun". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  14. ^ "STORM UNVEIL 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 

External links

  • Melbourne Storm profile
  • Storm profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
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