|Soliola playing for New Zealand in 2009.|
|Full name||Iasa Losia Soliola|
4 August 1986 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||107 kg (16 st 12 lb) |
|Position||second-row, centre, lock|
|As of 11 May 2014|
|Source: Rugby League Project & NRL Stats|
Iosia Soliola (born 4 August 1986) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand and Samoa national representative second-rower or centre, he previously played for the Sydney Roosters of Australasia's National Rugby League and has also gained selection for Super League's Exiles rugby league team since his move to St Helens, with whom he won the 2014 Super League championship where he scored a try in his final game for the club.
Professional playing career
In 2005, Soliola made his NRL debut for the Roosters against South Sydney and went on to play 19 games for the club that season, crossing the line 6 times and making more tackles than any other centre in the game that year with 19.7 per game. He was chosen to make his international debut at the age of 19 for New Zealand in the Tri-nations series of 2005, however was forced to pull out due to injury.
Soliola was selected to play for the New Zealand national team at centre in the 2007 ANZAC Test loss against Australia. He was dropped to premier league in the middle of the 2007 season before returning to first grade in round 14 and regained his form before he badly injured his knee in round 22 against the Wests Tigers. He missed the rest of the 2007 season.
Soliola returned from his lengthy spell on the sidelines in the off season to come off the bench in the Roosters' opening centenary clash against South Sydney in round 1. He also represented the Kiwis in the 100 year centenary test match where he scored one try.
In August, 2008 Soliola was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in September, 2008 he was selected in the final 24-man New Zealand. He was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a shoulder injury.
The Sydney Roosters confirmed that Soliola had signed a three-year deal to play with English Super League club St. Helens midway through the 2009 NRL Season. Soliola played his last match for the tri colours against the North Queensland Cowboys, ending his 6-year stint with the club. Soliola also represented the Kiwis in the 2009 Four Nations tournament.
Soliola officially made his debut for St. Helens in 2010 making the 2010 engage super league championship final.
In the 2011 game Soliola was supposed to play in the 2nd Row alongside Willie Manu, but due to the birth of Warrington Wolves's Matt King's baby, Soliola was moved by coach Brian McLennan to the centre.
New Exiles coach Daniel Anderson selected Soliola at centre for Game 1 of the International Origin. However he was moved into the loose forward role for Game 2 in which the Exiles won 32-20.
Soliola came back to Australia to play at the Canberra Raiders.
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