|Full name||John Haitrosene Okesene|
22 September 1970 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
Hitro Okesene is a New Zealand former rugby league footballer of the 1990s, and 2000s who represented three countries; Western Samoa, American Samoa and New Zealand. His brother Paul also played international rugby league.
His early years saw him play in both Auckland competitions, for the Manukau club, and for Carlisle in the English competition during the New Zealand off-season. In 1994 he captained the Counties Manukau Heroes in the Lion Red Cup and in 1995 was part of the inaugural Auckland Warriors squad. He stayed with Auckland for another two seasons before moving the England to play in the Super League. He played for both the Hull Sharks and Featherstone Rovers before settling at lower division club, Workington Town. There, as in Auckland, he became a cult figure.
In 2003 he retired due to knee troubles and became coach of the Ellenborough Rangers who competed in the Cumbria Amateur Rugby League. He was replaced in 2005 but remains in Cumbria, working in the construction industry.
Now residing in Cumbria Okesene lives with his wife, Donna and they have three children named Shakayla, Eleanor Ovens, Giovanna and Lerocco.
- Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
- Hitro Okesene rugbyleagueproject.com
- Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.94
- John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 252–255. ISBN 1-86969-331-0. ISBN 9781869693312.
- Superleague, Issue 1 2011. p.p.20-21.