Jake Friend

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Jake Friend
Jake Friend Roosters.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 27)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008– Sydney Roosters 202 24 0 1 97
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–16 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 0 0 0
2016 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2017 World All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 31 March 2017

Jake Friend (born 4 February 1990) is an Australian rugby league player and current captain for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. He plays as a hooker. He has played one game for the Australia national rugby league team.

Junior career[edit]

Friend playing for the Roosters in 2008

The Noosa Pirates junior joined the Roosters on a scholarship when he was 15 and, in 2008, progressed from SG Ball through to Toyota Cup to the NRL in just four months.[citation needed]

First grade career[edit]

Jake finished the 2010 season as the Roosters starting Hooker in the 2010 NRL Grand Final. However the Roosters were defeated 32-8 by the Dragons. Friend's good form continued in 2011 and despite a lacklustre year by the team, he was awarded the club's highest individual honour, the Jack Gibson Medal, after a season of consistent performances.

2013 was a true breakout season for Friend. he maintained a high work rate in defence with an average of 37 tackles a game. He played for the Roosters in their 2013 Grand Final win.[1]

He has continued his form in 2014, which started with a starring role for the Sydney Roosters in the 2014 World Club Challenge at hooker, where he was named man of the match in the Australian premiers' 36-14 World Champion victory over the Wigan Warriors in Sydney. He also won the Ashton Collier medal for Man of the Match in the 2014 ANZAC Game between the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Representative career[edit]

In 2016, he was selected in Australia's 2016 Four Nations squad as a back-up hooker for skipper Cameron Smith. Friend made his international debut against Scotland of the interchange bench.


  • NRL Grand Final winner (2013)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2013)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2014)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2015)
  • World Club Challenge winner (2014)
  • World Club Challenge man of the match (2014)
  • Ashton Collier medallist (2014)


In March 2009, Friend was suspended by the NRL for 2 weeks for high range drink driving offences.[2]

On 27 June 2009, Friend along with Sandor Earl were charged with assaulting a woman in Sydney. It was alleged the niece of ABC radio commentator David Morrow 'was punched' at The Tank nightclub in The Rocks.[3]

On 13 December 2009, Friend was arrested and charged by police following an altercation with a taxi driver.[4] As a result, the Roosters terminated his contract. In May 2010, Friend was re-instated in the Roosters team after counselling and rehabilitation.[5][6]


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