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 31)
Matahau, Tonga
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–08 Melbourne Storm 78 6 0 0 24
2009–10 North Queensland Cowboys 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 Canterbury Bulldogs 7 0 0 0 0
Total 228 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: [1][2]

Antonio Kaufusi (born 27 November 1984 in Tonga) is a Tongan former professional rugby league footballer. An Australian and Tongan international and Queensland State of Origin representative prop, he played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm, North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League, and the London Broncos, Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls in the Super League.[3]

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.[4] He played in the 2008 NRL Grand Final defeat by Manly.[5]

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.[6][7][8][9] 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.[10]

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.[11][12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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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