Manase Manuokafoa

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Manase Manuokafoa
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Personal information
Nickname Nelson, Nas
Born (1985-03-24) 24 March 1985 (age 32)[1]
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–08 South Sydney Rabbitohs 71 4 0 0 16
2009–10 North Queensland Cowboys 16 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Parramatta Eels 2 0 0 0 0
2012–14 Bradford Bulls 76 3 0 0 12
2015– Widnes Vikings 60 4 0 0 16
Total 225 11 0 0 44
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–08 Tonga 4 0 0 0 0
As of 25 March 2017
Source: RLP, NRL.com.au

Manase Manuokafoa (born 24 March 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a Tongan-Australian rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Widnes Vikings in the Super League.

Playing career[edit]

As a Mascot Jets junior who has come through every South Sydney representative junior grades, in 2005 he came through to the NRL in the green and red of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, scoring 2 tries in his first season.

In July 2008, Manuokafoa signed a three-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys from the 2009 season.[2]

Manuokafoa was named in the 2008 World Cup training squads for both New Zealand and Tonga and ultimately went on to play for Tonga in the World Cup.[3][4][5]

He joined Parramatta Eels in 2010 and made two appearances for the club before being released at the end of 2011.[6]

He then moved to England to play in Super League with the Bradford Bulls for the 2012 season.

With Bradford being relegated to the Championship for the 2015 season, Manase signed a two-year deal with Super League side Widnes Vikings.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

2012 - 2012 Season

Manuokafoa missed the entire pre-season games as a result of a rupture cruciate ligament before the friendly against Castleford Tigers.

Manase missed Rounds 1-4 due to an injury. He featured in 23 consecutive games from Round 5 (Warrington Wolves) to Round 27 (Catalans Dragons). He also featured in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster and Warrington Wolves. Manuokafoa scored against Widnes Vikings (1 try) and London Broncos (1 try).

2013 - 2013 Season

Manuokafoa signed a 2 Year Extension to his contract in the off-season. He featured in the pre-season friendlies against Dewsbury Rams and Leeds Rhinos. He scored against Dewsbury Rams (1 try).

He featured in fourteen consecutive games from Round 1 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) to Round 14 (Leeds Rhinos). He was injured for Rounds 15-18. Manuokafoa played in Round 19 (Widnes Vikings) to Round 27 (Huddersfield Giants). Manase also featured in the Challenge Cup against Rochdale Hornets. He was injured for Round 5 of the Challenge Cup.

2014 - 2014 Season

Manuokafoa featured in the pre-season friendlies against Hull F.C., Dewsbury Rams and Castleford Tigers.

Manase featured in Round 1 (Castleford Tigers) to Round 10 (Wigan Warriors) then in Round 14 (Catalans Dragons) to Round 27 (London Broncos). He also featured in Round 4 (Oldham Roughyeds) to the Quarter Final (Warrington Wolves) in the Challenge Cup. He scored against London Broncos (1 try).

Widnes Vikings[edit]

2015

Manuokafoa featured in Round 1 (Wigan Warriors) to Round 4 (Huddersfield Giants). Then in Round 6 (Hull Kingston Rovers) to Qualifier 7 (Leigh Centurions). Manase played in the Challenge Cup in Round 6 (Batley Bulldogs) to the Quarter Final (St Helens R.F.C.). He scored against Leeds Rhinos (2 tries) and Huddersfield Giants (1 try).

2016

Manuokafoa featured in Round 1 (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) to Round 9 (Catalans Dragons) then in Round 11 (Salford Red Devils) to Round 12 (Warrington Wolves). Manase played in the Challenge Cup in Round 5 (Rochdale Hornets). He scored against Rochdale Hornets (1 try).

Statistics[edit]

Season Appearance Tries Goals F/G Points
2012 Bradford Bulls 25 2 0 0 8
2013 Bradford Bulls 24 0 0 0 0
2014 Bradford Bulls 27 1 0 0 4
2015 Widnes Vikings 31 3 0 0 12
2016 Widnes Vikings 12 1 0 0 4
Total 119 7 0 0 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Manese Manuokafoa Widnes Vikings". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  6. ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2010/06/24/148771_cowboys.html