Antonio Kaufusi

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Antonio Kaufusi
Antonio Kaufusi.jpg
Kaufusi in 2007
Personal information
Nickname Fusi, Big Mama's House, Foose
Born (1984-11-27) 27 November 1984 (age 29)
Matahau, Tonga
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–08 Melbourne Storm 78 6 0 0 24
2009–10 North Queensland 33 2 0 0 8
2010–11 Newcastle Knights 33 2 0 0 8
2012–13 London Broncos 56 8 0 0 32
2014 Huddersfield Giants 17 1 0 0 4
2014 Bradford Bulls (Loan) 4 0 0 0 0
2015– Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Total 221 19 0 0 76
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2007 Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2008 Tonga 3 0 0 0 0
2012 Exiles 2 0 0 0 0
As of 18 September 2014
Source: RLP & NRL Stats

Antonio Kaufusi (born 27 November 1984 in Tonga) is a Tongan Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. An Australian and Tongan international and Queensland State of Origin representative forward, he previously played for the Melbourne Storm, North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights, and the London Broncos, Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls in the Super League.[1] Kaufusi primarily plays at prop.

Playing career[edit]

Storm[edit]

Kaufusi made his first-grade debut against the Bulldogs in 2003.

He played at prop forward in his first Grand Final in 2006, when the Storm were defeated by the Brisbane Broncos, 15–8.

A serious knee injury prevented Kaufusi from participating in the Storm's victorious 2007 premiership winning team.[2] He played in the 2008 NRL Grand Final defeat by Manly.[3]

Cowboys[edit]

In 2009, the North Queensland Cowboys signed Kaufusi on a large contract. His stint with the Cowboys was short though, being released a year later.

Knights[edit]

On the 25th of June 2010, Kaufusi was released from his contract with the North Queensland Cowboys to join the Newcastle Knights for the rest of 2010 and a further 2 years.[4][5][6][7] He made a winning debut for the Knights in Round 18 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

London Broncos[edit]

On the 18th of August 2011, Kaufusi signed a 3-year deal with London Broncos in the European Super League after 2012 Knights coach Wayne Bennett released him from his contract a year early. He is extremely popular with the fans at The Stoop, where he won Player of the Month for February.[8]

Huddersfield Giants[edit]

(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

Bradford Bulls[edit]

On the second of May 2014, Antonio signed on loan for Bradford for the rest of the 2014 season.[9][10]

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

On 13 November 2014, Kaufusi signed a 2-year contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs starting in 2015, to return to Australia.[11]

Representative career[edit]

In 2006 Kaufusi was called up to the Australian tri-nations squad after Reni Maitua received an ankle injury in the first test against New Zealand.

He was named in the Tonga squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[12]

Career highlights[edit]

  • Junior Club: Brothers (Bundaberg)
  • First XV Undefeated Premiership: Nudgee College (Brisbane) 2002
  • First Grade Debut: Round 22, Melbourne v Bulldogs at Sydney Showground, August 10, 2003
  • State of Origin Debut: Game One, Series 2007 for Queensland

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