|Born||29 May 1987|
Hawera, New Zealand
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (14 st 5 lb)|
As of 3 March 2018
Issac Luke (born 29 May 1987) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL. A New Zealand international representative, he previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Luke is a member of the World Cup-winning New Zealand team that beat Australia in the 2008 Final. He was a part of the Rabbitohs squad that won the 2014 NRL Premiership, however despite being named as starting hooker, was ruled out for the final due to suspension.
Luke's wife Mickayela is a cousin of fellow Kiwi rugby league international Sonny Bill Williams, with whom he also played in the juniors at the Bulldogs. Luke is a cousin of England international Rangi Chase. He is of Irish and Māori descent.
Prior to making his professional debut, Luke played Jersey Flegg Cup for the Bulldogs alongside fellow New Zealander and future Kiwis teammate Sonny Bill Williams. Luke made his NRL debut for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 12 of the 2007 NRL season against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium, coming off the bench. Luke had his first NRL start in round 19 Against the North Queensland Cowboys, playing at hooker. He scored his first NRL try and was awarded the Brut Man of the Match award for his efforts. Luke tasted finals football in his debut year, coming off the bench in the Rabbitohs 30 – 6 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He was awarded the John Sattler Rookie of the Year at the South Sydney annual Red and Green Ball and presentation night held at the AJC function centre at Randwick Racecourse Sydney. He also was second only to Israel Folau in the Dally M Rookie of the Year award. His year was capped off by being named in the Train on Squad for the New Zealand Kiwis.
Luke started the 2008 season well but a broken bone in his hand in the round 3 loss to the Penrith Panthers sidelined him for 4 weeks. He came back in round 7 against the Brisbane Broncos and added some much needed spark to the team but they came up short going down 32 – 18. His return from injury came just in time for him to make his test debut for the Kiwis for the ANZAC day test at the SCG. He started the game at hooker and had a solid debut. Luke was named at halfback for the round 8 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys to accommodate both himself and fellow hooker George Ndaira in the starting side. During round 13 against The Warriors, Luke was instrumental for Souths, including setting up a great try to put Souths ahead at half time, and was named Man of the Match. In round 14 against the Titans Luke scored his first career double and slotted the match winning penalty for a 24–23 victory.
Luke was considered one of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament's 'Players to Watch' by NRL Live. He was then a crucial part of the Kiwi side that lifted the World Cup in 2008, beating Australia 34 – 20 before over 50,000 spectators at Brisbane's Lang Park. Also in 2008, he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.
Luke made 68 NRL appearances for Souths in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. In none of those seasons did the Rabbitohs qualify for the finals series. He represented New Zealand in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Four Nations tournaments, playing off the substitutes bench for the Kiwis' win of the 2010 edition. For the 2010 Anzac Test, Luke was selected to play for New Zealand at hooker in their loss against Australia. Luke's 2011 Four Nations tournament ended in controversy after he was criticised for a series of cynical tackles on opposing players. Luke admitted that in a match against England, he had attempted to break the leg of Rangi Chase, England's New Zealand-born half-back.
For the 2013 Anzac Test, Luke was selected to play for New Zealand at hooker in their loss again Australia..
- Junior Club: Hawera Hawks
- Played for the Junior Kiwis
- First Grade Debut: Round 12, South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium, 2 June 2007
- First NRL Try: Round 19, South Sydney Rabbitohs v North Queensland Cowboys at Telstra Stadium, 22 July 2007
- John Sattler Rookie of the Year award 2007
- International Test Debut: New Zealand Kiwis v Australian Kangaroos, 9 May 2008 at the Sydney Cricket Ground
- Played in New Zealand side that won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup
- Won the 2008 NZRL international rookie of the year award
- George Piggins Medal (Souths' Best and Fairest Award) 2010
- Played in New Zealand side that won the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations
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