Jason Temu

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Jason Temu
Personal information
Born (1972-04-17) 17 April 1972 (age 45)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19?? Marist Saints
1994 Counties Manukau 22 5 0 0 24
1995–97 Oldham Bears 77 3 0 0 12
1998 Hull F.C. 15 1 0 0 4
1999–00 Newcastle Knights 3 0 0 0 0
2001 New Zealand Warriors 4 0 0 0 0
Total 121 9 0 0 40
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995–00 Cook Islands 3 0 0 0 0
As of 30 December 2008
Source: [1]

Jason Temu (born April 17, 1972) is a Cook Island former rugby league player. His position of preference was at Prop.

Early years[edit]

Temu grew up in New Zealand and played for the Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League.[2] In 1994 he followed his coach, Stan Martin, to the Counties Manukau Heroes in the new Lion Red Cup competition.[3] After several strong seasons with the Heroes he was offered a professional contract to play for Oldham in the English Championship, and then for the renamed Oldham Bears in Super League. At Oldham, Temu made an immediate impression, playing the first 22 consecutive games.[4] Temu was to play for the club for the next three years.[5]

In 1995, after his first season with Oldham, Temu was selected by the Cook Island team to play in the Emerging Nations Tournament.[6] The Cook Islands won the tournament.

Hull and Newcastle[edit]

In 1998 Temu made the move to the Hull Sharks and the Super League. Temu played 15 games for the club that year.

In 1999 Temu moved to Australia and joined the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League competition. His time at the club was plagued by injury and over two seasons he only played 3 first grade games. He was released at the end of 2000.[7]

World Cup and Warriors[edit]

At the end of 2000 Temu was selected in the Cook Island team for the World Cup and was made vice-captain of the squad.

The Wigan Warriors were interested in signing Temu, who did not count as a quota player due to the time he had spent in Great Britain.[8] However he was denied a work permit due to the little game time he had had at Newcastle and so the deal fell through.[9]

Instead, Temu signed with the new New Zealand Warriors club and provided experience to the younger props in the side. When not selected by the first grade side he played for the Marist Richmond Brothers in the Bartercard Cup.[10] He played four first grade games for the Warriors and subsequently decided to retire at the end of the 2001 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.106
  3. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.94
  4. ^ Curtain to fall at troubled Doncaster[permanent dead link] The Independent, 23 March 1995
  5. ^ Oldham stats rugby-league-world.com
  6. ^ 1995 World Cup Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. The Vault
  7. ^ 2000 Player Movements[dead link] Darryl's Rugby League
  8. ^ Leeds pair opt for way of the Welsh dragon The Independent, 26 September 2000
  9. ^ Bradford reward Noble's loyalty The Independent, 6 October 2000
  10. ^ Round 7 Bartercard Cup Teams[permanent dead link] Rleague.com, 26 April 2001

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