Hitro Okesene

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Hitro Okesene
Personal information
Full name Haitrosene Okesene
Nickname Nitro[1]
Born (1970-09-22) 22 September 1970 (age 44)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 180cm
Weight 95kg
Position Prop, Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–1993 Manukau
1989–1992 Carlisle 68 17 3 0 74
1994 Counties Manukau 23 3 0 0 12
1995–1997 Auckland Warriors 22 2 0 0 8
1998 Hull Sharks 22 0 0 0 0
1999 Featherstone
2000–2003 Workington Town
Total 135 22 3 0 94
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988 Western Samoa
1992 American Samoa
1990–1994 Auckland 9 1 1 0 6
1994–1995 New Zealand 5 1 0 0 4
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2003–2005 Ellenborough
Source: RLP

Hitro Okesene is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s who represented three countries; Western Samoa, American Samoa and New Zealand. His brother Paul also played international rugby league.

Playing career[edit]

His early years saw him play in both Auckland competitions, for the Manukau club, and for Carlisle in the English competition during the New Zealand off-season. In 1994 he captained the Counties Manukau Heroes in the Lion Red Cup and in 1995 was part of the inaugural Auckland Warriors squad.[2] He stayed with Auckland for another two seasons before moving the England to play in the Super League. He played for both the Hull Sharks and Featherstone Rovers before settling at lower division club, Workington Town. Here, as in Auckland, he became a cult figure.

Representative career[edit]

Okesene was a Junior Kiwi in 1988 and 1989. In 1988 he also represented Western Samoa in the Pacific Cup.[3] He later represented American Samoa at the 1992 Pacific Cup alongside his brother Paul.

He played at either Prop or Hooker and represented the New Zealand Kiwis on five occasions both on the 1994 tour of Australia and Papua New Guinea and at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.


In 2003 he retired due to knee troubles and became coach of the Ellenborough Rangers who competed in the Cumbria Amateur Rugby League. He was replaced in 2005 but remains in Cumbria, working in the construction industry.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Okesene is married to Donna Okesene, they have three children named Shakayla, Giavanna and Lerocco.


  1. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.94
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 252–255. ISBN 1-86969-331-0. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  4. ^ Superleague, Issue 1 2011. p.p.20-21.