Kylie Leuluai

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Kylie Leuluai
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Personal information
Full name Kylie Macgraff Leuluai
Nickname Hulk[1]
Born (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 36)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 109 kg (17 st 2 lb)[2]
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999 Balmain Tigers 7 0 0 0 0
2000 Wests Tigers 2 0 0 0 0
2002 Sydney Roosters 5 0 0 0 0
2003 Parramatta Eels 7 0 0 0 0
2004–2006 Manly-Warringah 57 4 0 0 16
2007– Leeds Rhinos 228 19 0 0 76
Total 306 23 0 0 92
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–2000 New Zealand Māori 2 0 0 0 0
2008 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
2011–2012 Exiles 2 0 0 0 0
As of 8 May 2014
Source: NRL Stats, RLP, SL Stats

Kylie Leuluai (born 29 March 1978 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer currently contracted to the Leeds Rhinos of Super League. A New Zealand and Samoa international representative prop forward, he previously played club football in Australia for National Rugby League clubs Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Playing career[edit]

Leuluai has played for the Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. In 2007 he joined the Leeds Rhinos. His Leeds Rhinos debut was on 11 February 2007 against Salford since which he led them to five Super League titles and two World Club Challenges.[3] In 2013 he announced his retirement and later put if off for a year[4] since he sign to play for Hunslet Hawks.[5]

He played in 2008's Super League XIII Grand Final victory over St. Helens.[6]

In June 2011 Leuluai announced he will retire at the end of the 2012 season, signing a new one year contract with Leeds Rhinos in the process.[7] Later that year he played at prop forward for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Wigan.

Representative career[edit]

Leuluai played for New Zealand Māori in 1998 and at the 2000 World Cup.[8]

Leuluai was named in the Samoa training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[9]

In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup.[10] He was named Samoan player of the year for 2009.[11]

Rugby League International Origin Match[edit]

Kylie Leuluai was selected for the Exiles squad for the Rugby League International Origin Match against England at Headingley on 10 June 2011.[12]

Personal life[edit]

James Leuluai is his uncle and his cousins are Thomas Leuluai and Macgraff Leuluai.

Kylie belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is renowned for being able to bench press 225 kg – the heaviest weight lifted by an NRL player.[13]

Career highlights and Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rhinos squad: Kylie Leuluai". Yorkshire Post. 13 February 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kylie Leuluai - From Strength to Strength". Archived from the original on 19 November 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Super League: Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai has put off his retirement plans to sign new deal". 9 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kylie Leuluai heads for Hunslet". The Independent. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC Sport. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Leuluai to finish career at Rhinos rleague.com, 30 June 2011
  8. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.118
  9. ^ "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  10. ^ Poching names strong Samoan squad therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009
  11. ^ "Hayne named Player of the Year". Daily Telegraph. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Warrington dominate Exiles picks for Origin fixture". BBC Sport. 5 April 2011. Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Hooper, James (15 September 2006). "The Eagle Rock". The Daily Telegraph. [dead link]

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