Etu Uaisele

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Etu Uaisele
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Personal information
Full name Etuate Uaisele
Born (1984-12-08) 8 December 1984 (age 32), Matahau, Tonga
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–11 Parramatta Eels 16 3 0 0 12
2012 Penrith Panthers 14 5 0 0 20
2014 Featherstone Rovers 10 7 0 0 28
2014(Loan) Sheffield Eagles 8 8 0 0 32
2015–16 Bradford Bulls 18 10 0 0 40
2015(Loan) Dewsbury Rams 5 3 0 0 12
2016(Loan) Dewsbury Rams 10 3 0 0 12
Total 81 39 0 0 156
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–13 Tonga 9 5 0 0 20
As of 3 April 2016
Source: Rugby League Project, Love Rugby League

Etuate Uaisele (born 12 December 1984) is a Tongan rugby league player who played rugby league for the Bradford Bulls in the Kingstone Press Championship competition. His positions of choice are at wing or centre.


Early life[edit]

Etu, short for Etuate was born in Tonga an island nation in the South Pacific. He later migrated to New Zealand in 1996 where he first started his rugby career. Growing up in South Auckland, Uaisele attended Ferguson Intermediate in Otara, he later joined Otahuhu College where he became one of the most talented students of the school. Uaisele played for the Otahuhu Leopards and represented Auckland and Counties Manukau in the regional under 16, under 17 and under 18 tournament and was well known for his fierce tackling and running with the ball[citation needed]. Uaisele has also represented New Zealand in the Kiwi under 18[citation needed].

Premier League/New South Wales Cup[edit]

In 2006, Uaisele was one of the players that won the 2006 Premier League Competition for the Parramatta Rugby League Club. For the next two years, Uaisele played well in the Premier League division. However, the Parramatta Eels first grade side included international and State of Origin capped players such as Jarryd Hayne, Krisnan Inu and Eric Grothe, Jr. at his preferred positions of wing and centre, so he was not called up until Grothe was injured in early in 2009.[1]

Uaisele returned to the second tier competition, the New South Wales Cup, in 2013, with the Wyong Roos.

First Grade[edit]

Uaisele made his first grade NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels on 24 April 2009, scoring a try despite a 40-8 loss. At the end of the 2011 season, he moved to the Penrith Panthers on a one-year contract.[2] Uaisele scored his first hat trick for the Penrith Panthers against his former club, the Parramatta Eels, during their match in Round 4, 2012.[3]

Uaisele was not re-signed by Penrith for the 2013 season.

Uaisele will be joining the Featherstone Rovers in 2014 season in the English Championship.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

2015 - 2015 Season

Uaisele signed for Bradford on a 2 Year Deal. He featured in the pre-season friendly against Castleford Tigers.

He featured in Round 1 (Leigh Centurions) to Round 3 (Featherstone Rovers). Uaisele featured in Round 8 (Dewsbury Rams) to Round 17 (Dewsbury Rams) then in Round 20 (Hunslet Hawks) to Round 21 (Sheffield Eagles). He also featured in the Challenge Cup in Round 4 (Workington Town) and Round 5 (Hull Kingston Rovers). He scored against Leigh Centurions (1 try), Dewsbury Rams (1 try), London Broncos (2 tries), Doncaster (3 tries), Sheffield Eagles (1 try) and Hunslet Hawks (1 try).

Midway through 2015 he signed on loan for Dewsbury Rams until the end of the season.

2016 - 2016 Season

Uaisele did not feature in any pre-season friendlies.

Etu featured in Round 8 (Halifax). Uaisele played in the Challenge Cup in the 4th Round (Dewsbury Rams). He scored against Halifax (1 try).

It was announced that Uaisele was released from the Bulls towards the end of the season.


Statistics do not include pre-season friendlies.

Season Appearance Tries Goals F/G Points
2015 Bradford Bulls 16 9 0 0 36
2016 Bradford Bulls 2 1 0 0 4
Total 18 10 0 0 40


Since 2006, Uaisele has appeared on several occasions for Tonga.[4] He first played for his country in the Federation Shield competition,.[5][6]

The next year, Uaisele was again capped for the national team. He stunned Fiji with an intercept try within the last two minutes of the game, giving Tonga a two-point win.[citation needed]

In August 2008, Uaisele was named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[7] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man Tonga squad.[8] He played all three games for Tonga in the World Cup, scoring two tries.[9]

On 20 April 2013, Uaisele played for Tonga in the Pacific Rugby League International against fierce rivals Samoa at Penrith Stadium. Uaisele scored 1 try in the Tongans 36-4 demolishing of the Samoan team.