Jharal Yow Yeh
|Yow Yeh playing in the Toyota Cup in 2009|
22 December 1989 |
Emu Park, Queensland, Australia
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (15 st 2 lb)|
|2010–12||Indigenous All Stars||3||1||0||0||4|
Jharal Yow Yeh (born 22 December 1989) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League (NRL). An Australian international and Queensland state of Origin representative three-quarter back, he also played for the Indigenous All Stars. Yow Yeh spent his entire club career with the Broncos, which was cut short due to a bad leg break and complications.
Yow Yeh was born in Emu Park, Queensland to Rhonda Yow Yeh. He was raised by his mother and grandparents, Lomas and Iris Yow Yeh, in northern Brisbane; he has never met his father. Yow Yeh is an Aboriginal Australian of the Margany tribe. His surname is Mandarin; his great-great-grandfather was Chinese and lived in Vanuatu before settling in Queensland. He also has Torres Strait Islander descent. Yow Yeh is related to former Balmain Tigers player Kevin Yow Yeh, who died before he was born. While Kevin Yow Yeh has often been reported as Jharal's great-uncle, he was actually Jharal's grandfather's first cousin; the family describes their relationship as "third cousins".
Yow Yeh attended Ferny Grove State High School, where he finished his senior education in 2006. After graduating from school Yow Yeh played junior football for West Arana Hills and Norths Devils. He played in the Under-20s for the Brisbane Broncos and was named in the 2008 National Youth Competition's team of the year.
Yow Yeh was named to the Indigenous All Stars team in 2010, during which season he injured his leg, missing five rounds. The same year he was named to the Queensland rugby league team for Game II of the 2010 State of Origin series, but was not needed to play. He saw playing time for Queensland in the 2011 State of Origin series, scoring his first State of Origin try in his Game I debut. The same year he was named to the Australian national team, filling in for injured wingers Lote Tuqiri and Darius Boyd. On 3 November 2011 Yow Yeh was named international rookie of the year at the annual RLIF Awards dinner at the Tower of London.
Yow Yeh featured in the 2012 NRL All Stars Game as the right winger for the Indigenous All Stars team. Yow Yeh started strong in the 2012 NRL season, scoring a crucial try in the second half against the Parramatta Eels, the Broncos winning 18–6. In round 4 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the 2012 NRL season, Yow Yeh suffered compound fracture of the lower right leg. Down 12–0 at the time of his injury, the Broncos went on to win 20–12. However Yow Yeh's 2012 season was over with a serious injury described as "motorbike-like". On 28 April 2013, Yow Yeh returned to rugby league, playing second row for the Norths Devils.
Yow Yeh announced, in March 2014, that he would retire from the game after failing to fully recover from the leg injury he suffered in 2012.
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- Yow Yeh to retire, Brisbane Broncos official website, 17 March 2014