|Full name||Kylie Macgraff Leuluai|
29 March 1978 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||107 kg (16 st 12 lb)|
|2004–06||Manly Sea Eagles||57||4||0||0||16|
|1998–00||New Zealand Māori||2||0||0||0||0|
|Source: NRL Stats, RLP, SL Stats|
Kylie Leuluai (born 29 March 1978 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a retired professional rugby league footballer. A Samoa international representative prop forward, he most notably played at club level for Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. He also played club football in Australia for National Rugby League clubs Wests Tigers, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Leuluai was a massive part of the Leeds Rhinos success during his nine seasons at the club, winning a total of six Grand Finals, two World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups in that time to make him the most successful overseas player in the club’s history.
In 2008 Leuluai played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2008 World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm. The Leeds Rhinos defeated Melbourne Storm 18–10. Later that year, the Rhinos once again made it to the 2008 Super League Grand Final against St Helens. The Leeds Rhinos defeated Saints 24–16.
In 2009 Leuluai played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2009 World Club Challenge against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The Leeds Rhinos were defeated by Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 28–20. Later that year, the Leeds Rhinos once again made it to the 2009 Super League Grand Final against St Helens. The Leeds Rhinos defeated Saints 18–10.
In 2010 Leuluai played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2010 World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm. The Rhinos were defeated by Melbourne Storm 18–10. It was later found that Melbourne Storm were in serious breach of the NRL Salary Cap Rules and they had the Title stripped from them. It is well known, yet unofficial that this action automatically made the Rhinos World Club Champions of 2010.
In June 2011 Leuluai announced he will retire at the end of the 2012 season, signing a new one-year contract with Leeds Rhinos in the process. Later that year he played at prop forward for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Wigan Warriors. The Rhinos went on to win the Super League Grand Final in 2011. Towards the end of 2011, Leuluai announced he would play on into 2012, but would retire at the end of the 2013 Super League Season.
In 2012 Leuluai played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2012 World Club Challenge against Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. The Leeds Rhinos beat Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26–12. Later that year, the Rhinos once again made it to the 2012 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Warrington Wolves. The Rhinos went on to win the 2012 Super League Grand Final again against Warrington Wolves. Towards the end of 2012, Leuluai announced he would play on into 2013, but would retire at the end of the 2014 Super League Season.
In 2013 Leuluai played for the Rhinos in the 2013 World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm. The Rhinos were defeated by Melbourne Storm 18–14. Leuluai once again halted his retirement plans by announcing he would play on into the 2014 Super League Season, but would hang up his boots at the end of 2014.
In 2014 Leuluai played for the Rhinos in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final against Castleford Tigers. The Rhinos beat the Tigers 23–10. Surprisingly enough, Leuluai halted his retirement plans yet again and announced he would play on into the 2015 Super League Season, but would most definitely hang up his boots at the end of 2015 along with fellow Prop Forward Jamie Peacock MBE.
In June 2015, Leuluai once again announced his intention to retire at the end of 2015, saying that he felt it was time to move on to a new challenge. Leuluai expects to be staying on and working with the club on a part-time basis while studying at university as well.
On 3 July 2015, veteran prop Kylie Leuluai scored a try on his 250th appearance for Leeds Rhinos against reigning Super League champions St Helens as Leeds completed the double with a ruthless 46-18 victory to go three points clear of them with just three games left before the start of the Super 8s. Kylie would finish his career with a 6th Grand Final victory with Leeds after defeating Wigan in the 2015 Grand Final.
Rugby League International Origin Match
- Super League (6): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
- World Club Challenge (2): 2008, 2012
- League Leader's Shield (2): 2009, 2015
- Challenge Cup (2): 2014, 2015
Career highlights and honours
- Junior Club: Papatoetoe Panthers
- Wests Tigers
- Sydney Roosters
- Parramatta Eels
- Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 2004–06
- Super League Championship: member of the 2007 Championship Leeds Rhinos Team
- Super League Championship: member of the 2008 Championship Leeds Rhinos Team
- Super League Championship: member of the 2009 Championship Leeds Rhinos Team
- Super League Championship: member of the 2011 Championship Leeds Rhinos Team
- Exiles: member of the 2012 Winning Team against England Rugby League
- Super League Championship: member of the 2012 Championship Leeds Rhinos Team
- Challenge Cup Winners: member of the 2014 Challenge Cup Winners Leeds Rhinos Team
- "Rhinos squad: Kylie Leuluai". Yorkshire Post. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- "Kylie Leuluai Leeds Rhinos". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Rhino, Ronnie (1 January 2015). "Player Biography Kylie Leuluai". Leeds Rhinos Official Website.
- Smith, Peter (9 June 2015). "Leeds Rhinos: Prop Leuluai confirms retirement at the end of the season". Yorkshire Evening Post.
- Stott, Julie (11 June 2015). "Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott: I won't fall for Kylie Leuluai's retirement ruse again". Daily Star.
- Laybourn, Ian (3 July 2015). "Veteran prop Kylie Leuluai scored a try on his 250th appearance for Leeds". Daily Mail.
- New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.118
- "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
- Poching names strong Samoan squad therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009
- "Hayne named Player of the Year". Daily Telegraph. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Warrington dominate Exiles picks for Origin fixture". BBC Sport. 5 April 2011. Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
- Barraclough, Neil (28 August 2010). "Why Kylie's Keeping the Faith". Daily Mail.
- Hooper, James (15 September 2006). "The Eagle Rock". The Daily Telegraph.