Kirisome Auva'a

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Kirisome Auva'a
Kirisome Auva'a.jpg
Personal information
Nickname Somi[1][2]
Born (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 25)
Motootua, Samoa
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–16 South Sydney 39 12 0 0 48
2017– Parramatta Eels 16 7 0 0 28
Total 55 19 0 0 76
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [3]

Kirisome Auva'a (born 23 February 1992) is a Samoan professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. A Samoan national representative, he plays at centre and won the 2014 NRL Premiership with the Rabbitohs.

In January 2014 he violently attacked an ex-girlfriend. Pleading guilty, he was given a two-year good behaviour bond. The NRL suspended him for nine months and put him on a counselling programme for various issues.

Background[edit]

Born in Motootua, Samoa, Auva'a moved to New Zealand and played his junior football for the Otahuhu Rovers. Auva'a then moved to Australia as a teenager and attended Ipswich Grammar School in Queensland and played rugby league for the Norths Ipswich Tigers. He represented the Australian A Schoolboys rugby union side.[4]

Auva'a was signed by the Melbourne Storm, playing in their Under-20s team from 2010 to 2012[5] before joining the Storm's first grade squad. While playing for Melbourne's NYC side, Auva'a represented Queensland Under 18's in 2010, making him eligible for the senior Queensland Origin team, and was the 18th man for Queensland in the inaugural Under 20's Origin game in 2012.[6]

Auva'a playing for the Storm-Sharks combined team in 2013

In 2013, Auva'a played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in their 2013 New South Wales Cup Grand Final win over the Windsor Wolves.[7] Auva'a is the cousin of fellow South Sydney Rabbitohs teammate Hymel Hunt.[8]

Playing career[edit]

2014[edit]

In 2014, Auva'a joined the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In Round 6 of the 2014 NRL season, Auva'a made his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs against the Penrith Panthers, playing at Centre and scoring a try in the Rabbitohs 18-2 win at Penrith Stadium.[9][10] His season was interrupted by the repercussions of the domestic violence incident in January, but with the magistrate's deferral of her decision for six months, Auva'a was free to resume playing. On 5 October 2014, in the Rabbitohs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Auva’a played at centre and scored a try in the Rabbitohs 30-6 victory.[11][12] Auva’a finished his debut year in the NRL in 2014 season with him playing in 21 matches and scoring 9 tries for the Rabbitohs.

2015[edit]

On 30 June, Auva'a was cleared by the NRL to play in the Rabbitoh's NSW Cup feeder team North Sydney Bears.[13] He made his return to the Rabbitohs' first-grade squad in Round 23 against the North Queensland Cowboys in the Rabbitohs' 31-18 win at 1300SMILES Stadium.[14][15] He finished the 2015 season having played in 5 matches for the Rabbitohs.[16] On 14 November, he re-signed on a 3-year contract to the end of the 2018 season.[17]

2016[edit]

In February, Auva'a played for the Rabbitohs in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[18] On 7 May, he made his international debut for Samoa against Tonga in the 2016 Polynesian Cup, where he played at centre in the 18-6 win at Parramatta Stadium.[19] Auva’a finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 13 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Rabbitohs.

2017[edit]

Kirisome signed a one year deal with the Parramatta Eels starting in 2017. Kirisome will make his debut against the New Zealand Warriors in Round 6 after Bevan French was ruled out with injury. On 24 August 2017, Auva'a scored the fastest try in NRL history when he pounced on a loose pass from the kickoff against The Brisbane Broncos, the try was timed at 12.88 seconds [20]

Controversies[edit]

2014: Assault Charges[edit]

On 28 May 2014, Auva'a entered a guilty plea to charges of recklessly causing injury and criminal damage in Melbourne Magistrates Court after being arrested for a violent attack in the early hours of January 18. After drinking heavily at a wedding, he threw his ex-girlfriend against a garage wall and punched holes in the walls of her home.[13] South Sydney fined him $2,000 and suspended him for 7 days. The magistrate, who described the incident as "devastating", deferred her decision for six months; Auva'a was bailed to return to court in November,[21] when he was given a two-year good behaviour bond and a fine of $3,000.[22] On 13 November 2014, Auva'a was handed a 9-month suspension by the NRL, ending with round 22 of the 2015 season, and ordered to complete a secondary prevention counselling program covering issues including violence against women, alcohol abuse and anger management.[23][24] An attempt by Auva'a to have his suspension lifted early was denied by the NRL.[13]

2016: Drug Charges[edit]

On 13 July 2016, Auva’a was sacked by the Rabbitohs for a second breach of the NRL’s Testing Policy for illicit substances. Auva’a is the second Rabbitohs player this week to have his contract terminated after forward Paul Carter was let go on Tuesday for breaching the club’s code of conduct. While Auva’a, did not return a positive test for an illicit or hazardous substance in this instance, he contravened the rules as set out in the NRL Policy. Under the terms of the policy, the Rabbitohs had the right to terminate the troubled star’s contract for a second breach. In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, South Sydney said they would “continue to offer welfare assistance and support to Kirisome”.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kirisome Auva'a". Rabbitohs.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140719070658/https://twitter.com/Somi_Auvaa. Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Kirisome Auva'a - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20141006114246/http://www.rugbynews.co.nz/archivearticle/?article=2340. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20151117014216/http://rleague.com/players/Kirisome-Auvaa_2813/Stats/. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20151117014218/http://rleague.com/forum/horse-racing/Queensland-Under-18-Origin-Team_22672/. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Michael Carayannis. "Cronulla Sharks overpower Windsor Wolves to claim NSW Cup title". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  8. ^ "Family a central issue for Hunt". NRL.com. 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Late Mail & Team Changes - Rd 6, 2014". Rabbitohs. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  10. ^ "Double Dose of Good News at Rabbitohs". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  11. ^ "Rabbitohs Win 2014 NRL Grand Final Defeating Bulldogs 30-6". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  12. ^ "Rabbitohs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  13. ^ a b c James MacSmith (2015-06-30). "South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Kirisome Auva'a cleared to return after domestic violence ban". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  14. ^ "Kirisome Auvaa Likely to Return from Domestic Violence Suspension against Cowboys". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  15. ^ "Rabbitohs Rediscover their Best as Cowboys Stumble to Back to Back Defeats". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  16. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  17. ^ "Rabbitohs re-sign Kirisom Auva’a | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  18. ^ "Rabbitohs name 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  19. ^ "Samoa too good for Tonga in fiery Pacific Test clash at Pirtek Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  20. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/eels/parramatta-eels-centre-kirisome-auvaa-scores-fastest-ever-nrl-try-against-broncos/news-story/9b846ea3ed9a2f5f6b62d2681f253a59
  21. ^ "No CookiesHerald Sun". Heraldsun.com.au. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  22. ^ "Rabbitohs centre Kirisome Auva’a has been cleared to return to playing in the NSW Cup". The Daily Telegraph. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  23. ^ Brad Walter. "South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Kirisome Auva'a suspended from the NRL indefinitely". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  24. ^ "Kirisome Auvaa to be Banned from Rabbitohs Training Camp in Arizona after Calls for More Action over Assault Charges". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  25. ^ ww.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/rabbitohs/kirisome-auvaa-sacked-by-south-sydney-rabbitohs/news-story/28c6a73d4cd24abc1740bbe33536d257
  26. ^ http://wwos.nine.com.au/2016/07/06/12/55/souths-auvaa-allegedly-records-nrl-drug-policy-strike

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