|Uate playing for Fiji in 2008|
|Nickname||Aku, Akuila the Thriller|
6 October 1987 |
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (15 st 10 lb)|
|2010–12||Prime Minister's XIII||2||2||0||0||8|
|2011–13||NRL All Stars||2||1||0||0||4|
|2011–12||New South Wales||5||2||0||0||8|
Akuila Uate (born 6 October 1987) is a Fijian Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League. A three time Dally M Winger of the Year, Uate has represented New South Wales in State of Origin and Fiji and Australia in international football. He primarily plays wing and fullback.
His speed and strength had seen Uate tipped as a future superstar by Knights legend, Andrew Johns. Johns said about Uate, "In all my years in rugby league I've never seen a better athlete than this bloke." He was also described by the talent scout who spotted him as "the next Lote Tuqiri".
Uate played for the Knights' Premier League and Jersey Flegg teams in 2006. He scored a try in the 2006 Jersey Flegg Grand Final. In Round 19 of the 2008 NRL season, Uate made his NRL debut for the Knights against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. He scored a try on debut. In 2009, he re-signed with the Knights on a 4-year contract.
In 2010, Uate started the season on the right wing due to regular right winger James McManus being injured. His form throughout the season kept McManus out of the right wing position.
At the 2010 Dally M awards, Uate won the Winger of the Year award as well as taking out the top try-scoring player award.
At the 2011 Dally M awards, Uate won the Winger of the Year for the 2nd time in a row. He finished the season as the highest try-scoring winger with 19 tries and lead the NRL in tackle-breaks. Uate finished off the 2011 season by winning the RLPA Players' Player of the Year Award. On 3 November 2011, Uate won the RLIF's International Winger of the Year Award beating the likes of Jason Nightingale and Jharal Yow Yeh.
Uate played in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup for Fiji. He was considered one of the tournament's 'Players to Watch' by NRL Live pre-tournament, he scored 5 tries, including a hattrick against France and lead the competition for line-breaks as Fiji made it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
In January 2011, Uate was selected in the NRL All Stars team after being the most voted in Knights player by the fans. He scored a try on debut.
In April 2012, Uate was played for Australia in the 2012 ANZAC Test.
In September 2012, Uate was selected for the Prime Minister's XIII team again. He scored the last try of the game.
As a junior, Uate came 3rd in the underage Australian sprinting finals.
- "The next Tuqiri". Fiji Times. 2008-07-21. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
- Walshaw, Nick (2008-10-24). "Andrew Johns rates Knight Akuila Uate "best league athlete"". The Daily Telegraph.
- News Limited (4 September 2012). "All the Dally M winners plus galleries". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- Annual Report 2005 - Australian Rugby League
- "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "World Cup Players to Watch". NRL Live. 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- 2014 Newcastle Knights profile
- Uate may finally get his chance
- Newcastle's Fijian flyer
- Uate extends deal with Newcastle
- Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League
- Akuila Uate named RLPA player of year