Justin Horo

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Justin Horo
Justin Horo Manly.jpg
Personal information
Born (1986-09-07) 7 September 1986 (age 33)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
PositionSecond-row, Lock, Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–12 Parramatta Eels 52 7 0 0 28
2013–15 Manly Sea Eagles 68 14 0 0 56
2016–17 Catalans Dragons 45 12 0 0 48
2018–19 Wakefield Trinity 39 7 0 0 28
Total 204 40 0 0 160
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010 New Zealand Māori 1 0 0 0 0
As of 19 May 2019
Source: [1][2]

Justin Horo (born 7 September 1986) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who last played as a second-row, lock and hooker for Wakefield Trinity in the Super League. He previously played for the Parramatta Eels and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL.


Born in Auckland, New Zealand, he is of Maori descent.

Playing career[edit]

Horo played his junior football for the St Clair Comets and Cambridge Park before signing with the Parramatta Eels.

In Round 3 of the 2010 NRL season he made his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels against the Wests Tigers. Later that year he re-signed with the Parramatta Eels on a 3-year contract, knocking back offers from the Newcastle Knights, the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[3][4] After making his debut, Horo played in all the remaining games of the 2010 season and received the 2010 Parramatta Eels season's rookie of the year award.

Horo played throughout the 2011 season but in 2012 he was dropped from the Parramatta team after a first round loss, and featured in just 6 games for the year. Horo said, "Steve (Kearney) said I had a few things to work on and I ended up getting a few injuries after that. I tore ligaments in my ankle and then I had a rotator-cuff injury in my shoulder. Once I got back to full fitness I ended up stringing a few games together at the end but that was after Mooks had gone."[5]

After being told he was not in the Eels future plans early in the 2012 season, Horo considered playing park football in France with a friend before ending up signing a 2-year contract with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on 12 November from the 2013 season, after being released from the final year of his Eels contract.[6] In the 2013 season, he scored 8 tries from 18 games (to Round 20 including 2 byes), playing in the back row with representative forwards Anthony Watmough and Glenn Stewart.

On 6 August 2015, Horo signed a 2-year contract to play in the Super League for French club the Catalans Dragons starting in 2016.[7] In September 2017 he signed a two-year deal with Wakefield Trinity.[8]

Representative career[edit]

In 2010, Horo played for the New Zealand Māori team against England.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Horo is from the Tainui iwi.[10] His father is former New Zealand international Mark Horo and he has stated his allegiance to the Kiwis.[11] His uncle, Shane Horo, also represented New Zealand.


  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ Massoud, Josh (26 August 2010). "Parramatta Eels re-sign Eric Grothe and Justin Horo". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ Barrett, Chris (25 August 2010). "Parramatta can't match rivals' offers for Horo". Sydney Morning Herald. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)
  5. ^ Crawley, Paul (4 March 2013). "Parramatta Eels reject Justin Horo keen to fill Tony Williams' boots at Manly Sea Eagles". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-02-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Catalan (sic) Dragons sign Justin Horo for 2016 season". SkySports. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  8. ^ "Justin Horo: Wakefield Trinity sign Catalans Dragons second-rower". BBC Sport. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. ^ "League: Maori draw with England". The New Zealand Herald. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Justin Horo". New Zealand Māori Rugby League.
  11. ^ Barett, Chris (23 July 2010). "Unsung Horo starting to have a ball on field after injury-plagued seasons". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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