Junior Tia-Kilifi

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Junior Tia-Kilifi
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Personal information
Born (1988-04-24) 24 April 1988 (age 29)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 92 kg (14.5 st; 203 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009 Penrith Panthers 8 4 0 0 16
2010 Canterbury Bulldogs 2 2 0 0 8
Total 10 6 0 0 24
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
As of 10 November 2011

Junior Tia-Kilifi (JTK) (born 24 April 1988 in New Zealand) is a rugby league player who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League, and previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. He is a Samoan international. Tia-Kilifi usually plays on the wing or as a centre. He attended Chifley College in Mt Druitt and St Dominics College in Penrith and played for the school team.[1] Tia-Kilifi played his junior footy for the Minchinbury Jets.

Playing career[edit]

Tia-Kilifi made his debut with the Penrith Panthers in 2009, but left the club at the end of the season to sign a two-year contract with the Bulldogs, commencing at the start of the 2010 season.[2]

Since joining the Bulldogs, Tia-Kilifi mostly played for their feeder side in the NSW Cup. At the end of the 2011 season, he moved back to the Panthers in a one-year contract.[3] He then renewed his contract for another season.

In 2015, Junior is playing for the Auburn Warriors in the Ron Massey Cup

International career[edit]

Tia-Kilifi was called up for the Samoa national rugby league team in 2006, but never played.[4]

On 8 September 2014, Tia-Kilifi was named in the Samoa train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations,[5] but didn’t make the final 24 man squad.


  1. ^ http://www.aisnsw.edu.au/CIS/LinkClick.aspx?link=Rugby
  2. ^ "Bulldogs sign young talent". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Panthers add Etu Uaisele & Junior Tia-Kilifi to 2012 Squad". www.penrithpanthers.com.a. Penrith Panthers. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "England 38-14 Samoa". BBC. 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/samao-train-on-squad-announced-14837/

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