David Solomona

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David Solomona
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Personal information
Full name David Joseph Solomona
Nickname Sola
Born (1978-01-26) 26 January 1978 (age 38)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–00 Sydney City 21 3 0 0 12
2001–03 Parramatta Eels 57 6 0 0 24
2004–06 Wakefield 76 26 0 0 104
2007–09 Bradford Bulls 60 21 0 0 84
2010–12 Warrington Wolves 65 19 1 0 78
Total 279 75 1 0 302
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–10 Samoa 7 3 0 0 12
2001–06 New Zealand 13 0 0 0 0
As of 27 September 2009
Source: [2]

David Joseph Solomona[3] (born 26 January 1978 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer, last playing for the Warrington Wolves of Europe's Super League. He was regularly amongst the top off-loaders in the competition. Solomona also attended St. Paul's College, Auckland, a school known for consistently producing the best rugby league team in the national secondary school competition.

National Rugby League[edit]

Solomona started his career in Australia with the Sydney City Roosters. He played from the interchange bench for the Roosters in their 2000 NRL grand final loss to the Brisbane Broncos. He played for Samoa in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

Solomona also played for the Parramatta Eels from the interchange bench in their 2001 NRL Grand Final loss to the Newcastle Knights.

Super League[edit]

Solomona spent three years at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Heritage #1217) where his skills helped keep them in Super League. In 2004 he was named in the Super League Dream Team. He helped New Zealand to defeat Australia to win the 2005 Rugby League Tri Nations tournament.

Solomona signed for Bradford Bulls on 24 October 2006 for the 2007 season. He was the Bulls only ever-present player in 2007, making 32 appearances in his first year at the club. Blessed with tremendous ball handling skills he also has the ability to score tries himself and he scored 14 tries in 2007, including a hat trick.

Solomona missed the first 5 games of 2008 due to injury picked up in pre season. He again represented Samoa in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[4]

Solomona played for the Warrington Wolves in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Leeds Rhinos.[5]

Solomona continued to feature in the Warrington Wolves squad throughout the 2011 season. He was mainly brought on as a replacement making good use of his strength and ball handling skills to make in-roads into the opposing defence. His tenure with the Warrington Wolves came to a close due to an injury he suffered in the 2012 season, causing him to retire before returning to Australia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official Engage Super League web site". web page. Super League. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ RLP & slstats
  3. ^ SOLOMONA, DAVID JOSEPH 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 - KIWI #693 nzleague.co.nz
  4. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Leeds 6-30 Warrington". BBC. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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