David Fifita

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David Fifita
Fifita playing for the Sharks in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 28)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–16 Cronulla-Sutherland 19 0 0 0 0
2016– Wakefield Trinity 46 7 0 0 28
2017(loan) Dewsbury Rams 1 0 0 0 0
Total 66 7 0 0 28
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–16 Tonga 3 0 0 0 0
2015 Indigenous All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 5 March 2018
Source: [1][2]

David Fifita (born 28 June 1989) is a Tongan international rugby league footballer who plays for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1372) in the Super League. He plays at prop. He previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League.


He was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia.

Fifita is of Indigenous Australian and Tongan descent and played his junior rugby league for St Patricks Blacktown and Doonside Roos, before being signed by the Wests Tigers.

Fifita is the twin brother of fellow Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks player Andrew Fifita.[3] He is not related to John Fifita, a former St George Dragons player.[4] Fifita's elder brother Latu Fifita plays for Workington Town in the Kingstone Press Championship.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2009, Fifita played for the Wests Tigers' NYC team[6] In 2010, he played for Tonga alongside his brother.[3] In 2011, he moved on to the Tigers' New South Wales Cup teams, Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies. At the end of 2012, he joined the Lézignan Sangliers in the Elite One Championship.[7]

In June 2013, after finishing his season with Lézignan, he attracted the interest of NRL clubs, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Melbourne Storm.[7] He eventually signed a contract with the Sharks for the rest of the 2013 NRL season, the club where his twin brother Andrew played.[8] After playing 6 games for the Sharks in the NSW Cup, he re-signed with them for 2014.[9]

Fifita was a member of the 2013 NSW Cup premiership side which defeated Windsor Wolves 38-6 in the grand final. [10]


In Round 2 of the 2014 NRL season, Fifita made his NRL début for the Sharks against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[11] On 17 July 2014, he re-signed with the Sharks on a 2-year contract.[12]


On 13 February 2015, Fifita played for the Indigenous All Stars against the NRL All Stars in the 2015 All Stars match.[13] In October, Fifita was selected in Tonga's 48-man train-on squad for the Asia-Pacific Qualifier for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[14] He would go on to make the final 18-man squad where he would be named the 18th man and would fill in for any late injuries, suspensions or tactical changes.[15] He would go on to play in that match, in what was only his second appearance for Tonga, after filling in for Leilani Latu.


On 7 May, Fifita played for Tonga against Samoa in the 2016 Polynesian Cup.[16] On 10 June, after gaining a release from the Sharks, he joined the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Super League on a 1-year contract, with an option for a second year, effective immediately. Fifita has turned into a big fans favourite at Wakefield Trinity due to his physical dominance in the middle of the park, a barnstorming prop. [17][18]


  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ "David Fifita - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b Chris Barrett. "Brotherly shove: Fifita double act ready to give opponents trouble". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Greenberg keen to sign Graham to long-term deal". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ "Latu Fifita goes from wild child to brink of NRL with Cowboys". Daily Telegraph. 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150113232524/http://rleague.com/players/David-Fifita_2485/Matches/. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ a b "The Battle For David Fifita –". Stevemascord.com. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  8. ^ Michael Carayannis. "Fifita has ground to make up to catch twin brother". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  9. ^ "David Fifita Twin of Cronulla Superstar Prop Andrew Scores NRL Contract with Sharks". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  10. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/fair-go-for-david-fifita-in-nrl-at-cronulla-sharks-20140322-hvlla.html
  11. ^ "Late Mail - Sharks v Bulldogs". Sharks. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  12. ^ "secure talented pair". Sharks. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  13. ^ "Final All Stars teams announced". NRL.com. 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  14. ^ "Tonga name preliminary train-on squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Tonga finalise squad for World Cup Qualifier". asiapacificrl.com. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Samoa holds on in pulsating Pacific Test". nrl.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Sharks release Fifita". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  18. ^ Patterson, Mike (2016-06-10). "Wakefield sign prop David Fifita from Cronulla Sharks | Rugby League News". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 

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