Jesse Sene-Lefao

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Jesse Sene-Lefao
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Personal information
Born (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 28)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop

Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 Manly Sea Eagles 38 3 0 0 12
2016 Cronulla Sharks 6 0 0 0 0
2017– Castleford Tigers 42 6 0 0 24
Total 86 9 0 0 36
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Samoa 2 0 0 0 0
As of 20 May 2018
Source: [1][2]

Jesse Sene-Lefao (born 8 December 1989) is a Samoan international rugby league footballer who plays for the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He plays at second-row, and prop, and previously played for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.


Sene-Lefao was born in Wellington, New Zealand.

Early years[edit]

Sene-Lefao is nephew of West Tigers centre Tim Simona, and cousin of North Queensland Cowboys centre Matthew Wright. Sene-Lefao is of Samoan descent.

Sene-Lefao played his junior football for the Penrith Brothers before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. Sene-Lefao played for the Panthers' NYC team in 2008 and 2009, scoring 15 tries in 38 games.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Sene-Lefao playing for the Windsor Wolves in 2012


In 2013, Sene-Lefao joined the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He made his NRL debut in the opening round of the season against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, playing off the interchange bench in the Sea Eagles 22-14 win.[4][5] Sene-Lefao played his 2nd and last match for the year in round 8.[6] He spent most the year playing for the team's New South Wales Cup team.


Sene-Lefao was selected in the Sea Eagles inaugural 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[7] He made his international debut in May for Samoa in the test against Fiji at Penrith Stadium. Sene-Lefao played off the interchange bench in Samoa's 32-16 win.[8] Soon after, Sene-Lefao re-signed with the Sea Eagles on a 2-year contract.[9][10]

In Round 13 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval, Sene-Lefao scored his first NRL career try in the Sea Eagles 32-10 win.[11] It was the sole try he scored from 25 matches in 2014. At the end of the season, Sene-Lefao was a late selection for Samoa in the Four Nations after Suaia Matagi was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis squad.[12]


Sene-Lefao was again part of the Sea Eagles Auckland Nines squad in 2015.[13] He scored 2 tries from his 11 matches in 2015. On 9 October, Sene-Lefao signed a 2-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, starting from 2016 after he was released from his final year of his contract with Manly.[14]


Sene-Lefao played 6 games for the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in 2016, he did not play in Cronulla's 2016 drought breaking premiership win.

On 21 October 2016, Sene-Lefao signed a two year contract that will see him be at the Castleford Tigers until 2018.


  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ "Jesse Sene-Lefao - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  3. ^ Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Broncos v Sea Eagles preview". 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  6. ^ James Polson (2013-05-06). "Live: St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Sea Eagles". Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Gutsy Samoa Secures Place in Four Nations Tournament". Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  9. ^ "re-sign Sene-Lefao". Sea Eagles. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Manly Re-Sign Sene-Lefao". Rugby League Week. 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  11. ^ "Manly Loses Daly Cherry-Evans as Sea Eagles Soar Against Canterbury Bulldogs". Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  12. ^ "Sene-Lefao leaves bucks night for Test team". 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  14. ^ "Jesse Sene-Lefao joins Cronulla". Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

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