Junior Moors

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Junior Moors
Junior Moors.jpg
Personal information
Born (1986-07-30) 30 July 1986 (age 31)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 117 kg (18 st 6 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock, Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–08 Penrith Panthers 24 1 0 0 4
2010–12 Wests Tigers 25 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Melbourne Storm 19 0 0 0 0
2015– Castleford Tigers 24 4 0 0 16
Total 92 5 0 0 20
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Samoa 3 1 0 0 4
As of 25 September 2015
Source: [2][3]

Junior Moors (born 30 July 1986) is a Samoan international rugby league footballer who plays for the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He previously played for the Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as a second-rower, lock and prop.

Background[edit]

Moors was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

Moors playing for the Windsor Wolves in 2008

Playing career[edit]

Moors played his junior football for Cambridge Park before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. He played for the Panthers' Premier League reserve-grade team in 2006.[4] In Round 1 of the 2007 NRL season he made his NRL debut for the Panthers against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

In a 2009 pre-season trial, Moors suffered a broken ankle which stopped him from playing first-grade that season.

In September 2009, Moors signed a 1-year contract with the Wests Tigers starting in 2010, with the Tigers having an option to extend his contract for a further season.[5]

Moors became a regular interchange player in the second half of 2012, making 14 appearances for the year. He said, "It’s something I have struggled with over the last couple of years, keeping my weight down but it’s been good this year. I’m starting to feel more comfortable in the team now."[6] Statistically, Moors was revealed to be one of the most effective tacklers in the NRL in 2012, with a 94.1% success rate in tackles.[7] He was also a member of the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers side that lost the NSW Cup grand final.[8]

On 13 September 2012, Moors signed a 1-year contract with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2013.[9]

His first game was interchange for Storm's 2013 World Club Challenge win over Leeds.

Super League Career[edit]

On 11 July 2014, It was confirmed that Junior Moors signed a contract to play for the Super League club Castleford Tigers in 2015.[10]

He played his first Super League game against the Wakefield Wildcats in Round 1. He scored his first try, and his team's lone try, against Warrington in last round of regular season (round 23).

Club Season Super League Challenge Cup Total
Apps Tries Goals Drop Goals Points Apps Tries Goals Drop Goals Points Apps Tries Goals Drop Goals Points
Castleford Tigers 2015 23 4 0 0 16 1 0 0 0 0 24 4 0 0 16
Career total 23 4 0 0 16 1 0 0 0 0 24 4 0 0 16

As of 25 September 2015

Representative career[edit]

While attending Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown, Moors played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2004.[11]

In 2013, Junior was selected for the Samoa national rugby league team in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. He played in 3 of the Samoans 4 tournament games, scoring one try against the French in the group stage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Castleford Tigers 1st Team Junior Moors". Official Castleford Tigers web site. Castleford Tigers Rugby League Football Club Ltd. 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ Love Rugby League
  4. ^ http://www.rleague.com//db/player/m/moors_junior/index.php
  5. ^ Todd Balym (23 September 2009). "Daine Laurie a Panther, Tigers on signing spree". Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Nathan Ryan (13 August 2012). "Tigers cub stalking new deal". Sports News First. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Revealed: the NRL's forward defensive heroes". NRL.com. 28 June 2012. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Wayne Cousins (30 September 2012). "Tigers go down fighting to Jets in NSW Cup Grand Final". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Storm builds strong front". Melbourne Storm official website. Archived from the original on 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/rugby-league/27794248
  11. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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