Jesse Royal

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Jesse Royal
Personal information
Full name Jesse Te Ahukaramu Royal[1]
Born (1980-03-22) 22 March 1980 (age 37)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–08 Newcastle Knights 29 3 0 0 12
2009–10 New Zealand Warriors 36 2 0 0 8
Total 65 5 0 0 20
Source: RLP

Jesse Te Ahukaramu Royal (born 22 March 1980) is a professional rugby league player from New Zealand who plays for the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs in the Newcastle Rugby League. He previously played in the NRL for the Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors. Royal's position of choice was as a prop.

Early years[edit]

Royal was born in Hamilton, New Zealand.[1] He was a chef in the New Zealand Army and has played in the Bartercard Cup for the Central Falcons[1] and represented Waikato.[2] He captained the 2003 New Zealand A tour of England.[3]


Royal was signed by the Penrith Panthers and moved to Australia to play for their NSWRL Premier League side in 2004. In 2005 he joined the Newcastle Knights on a two-year deal, however he was not able to break out of Premier League. His form was good enough however to earn a new two-year deal and he made his first grade debut in 2007. He went on to play 29 games for the Knights.


Royal initially decided to work in the coalmines and play for the Kurri Kurri club from the 2009 season in order to spend more time with his family.[4] However he later signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors in 2009, as injury cover for Evarn Tuimavave.[1][5] He made his Warriors debut in Round Two 2009 against the Manly Sea Eagles, scoring a try with his first touch of the ball.[6]

Later years[edit]

Royal decided to retire after the 2010 NRL season and return to Newcastle to work in the mines and play for local club Kurri Kurri Bulldogs.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Warriors sign Jesse Royal". 19 February 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Brown, Michael (29 March 2009). "NRL: Royal tour of duty lands at Warriors". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Far from a Royal departure, this Warrior is just happy he made the grade Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 2010
  4. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Royal leaves the mines to join Warriors AAP, 17 February 2009
  6. ^ Jones set to take on defending premiers Yahoo!Xtra Sport, 17 March 2009