Francis Leota

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Francis Leota
Personal information
Full name Francis Poipoi Leota
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Wing, Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–1991 Sheffield Eagles
Salford City Reds
1994 Waikato Cougars 19 4 0 0 16
1996 Counties Manukau 2 1 0 0 4
Total 21 5 0 0 20
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–1993 Auckland
1989–1990 New Zealand 3 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Francis Poipoi Leota[1] is a New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country between 1989 and 1990, including in games that counted towards the 1992 World Cup.

Early years[edit]

Leota attended De La Salle College and played rugby union until he was 20.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Leota was an Otahuhu Leopards junior, in the Auckland Rugby League competition. He originally played on the wing until he moved into the second row in 1987.[2] He was an Auckland representative and played in three Test matches for the New Zealand Kiwis between 1989 and 1990.[3] He was a New Zealand Residents representative in 1990 and 1992.[4]

Leota played for the Sheffield Eagles between 1989 and 1991 and also represented the Salford City Reds in England.[5]

In 1993 Leota won the Rothville Trophy for Otahuhu, which is awarded to the ARL's player of the year.[4] Also in 1993 Leota played for Auckland and represented an Otago Invitational XIII that played the New Zealand Māori side.[6][7]

In 1994 Leota played for the Waikato Cougars in the new Lion Red Cup.[8] He played for the champion Counties Manukau Heroes in 1996.[9]


  1. ^ LEOTA, Francis Poipoi 1989 - 90 - Kiwi #618
  2. ^ a b Lion Red 1989 Rugby League Annual New Zealand Rugby League, p.12
  3. ^ Lowe, Graham (7 April 2006). "Graham Lowe: No friendlies in Auckland for Sea Eagles". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Otahuhu Rovers Rugby League Football and Sports Club Inc Archived June 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Auckland Rugby League
  5. ^ Lions inspired by crafty Fox The Independent, 9 July 1992
  6. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.213
  7. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 278. ISBN 1-86969-331-0. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  8. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.114
  9. ^ New Zealand National Premiership 1996 The Vault