John Tamanika

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John Tamanika
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Tamanika playing for the North Sydney Bears
Personal information
Born (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 33)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 South Sydney Rabbitohs 3 0 0 0 0

John Tamanika (born 15 November 1984) is a rugby football player who currently plays rugby union for Randwick in the Shute Shield. He plays as a centre or on the wing. He formerly played rugby league professionally in the National Rugby League at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.


Tamanika played for the Otahuhu Leopards in the Auckland Rugby League between 1997 and 2002. He first played senior football for Victoria University of Wellington before playing in the Bartercard Cup for Wellington. Tamanika then moved to Central Queensland where he played for Central Queensland University and then the Central Queensland Comets at State Level. Tamanika played for Eastern Suburbs Tigers in the Queensland Cup in 2006 and 2007.In 2007 he was the Queensland Cup leading try scorer.

He was chosen for the Tonga training squad for the 2008 World Cup but was not selected in the final squad.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Tamanika is the first cousin of former All Blacks Legend Jonah Tali Lomu and first cousin of Tongan rugby international Seti Kiole. Tamanika's mother (Mele Leamahi) Jonah Lomu's mother (Hepisipa) and Seti Kiole's father (Peni) are all siblings


  1. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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