Marika Koroibete

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Marika Koroibete
Marika Koroibete 2015.jpg
Koroibete in Fiji, December 2015.
Personal information
Full nameRatu Marika Koroibete
Born (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 26)
Naraiyawa, Fiji
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)
Playing information
Rugby league
PositionWing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–14 Wests Tigers 16 12 0 0 48
2014–16 Melbourne Storm 58 34 0 0 136
Total 74 46 0 0 184
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 Fiji 7 2 0 0 8
Rugby union
PositionWing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017– Rebels 26 10 0 0 50
2017/2018– Melbourne Rising 1 6 0 0 10
Total 27 16 0 0 60
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017– Australia 18 5 0 0 25
2016 Australia XV 1 0 0 0 0
As of 28 October 2018
Source: [1][2]

Marika Koroibete (born 26 July 1992) is a dual-code international rugby league and rugby union footballer. He has been capped for Australia's national rugby union team, and plays as a winger for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. Koroibete previously played rugby league for the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League, and was a member of the Fijian national rugby league team.

Early years[edit]

Born in Naraiyawa, Fiji, Koroibete grew upon a family farm from which he walked twenty kilometres to travel to and from school.[3] Koroibete played rugby union for his school in Fiji before switching to rugby league.

After a short stint in junior rugby league , Koroibete signed a 3-year contract with the Wests Tigers to play in Australia, initially in the Toyota Cup national under-20 competition. He was signed after being spotted playing for the Fiji Under 19s in a match against Australian-born Fijian players.[3] Koroibete had also been considering pursuing a career in sprinting, having run 100 metres in 10.75 seconds.

He played for the Tigers' Toyota Cup team in 2011 and 2012, scoring 22 tries in 26 games.[4] He scored two tries as the team won the 2012 Grand Final.[5] 2012 Toyota Cup coach Todd Payten said, "The most exciting part with Marika is that we're only really scratching the surface. He's got a couple of little issues and once we iron them out, he's certainly going to be a crowd pleaser."[3]

Club career[edit]

Wests Tigers[edit]

In Round 21 of 2012, Koroibete made his NRL debut on the wing for the Wests Tigers against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Tigers 32-6 loss.[6] In just his second game in Round 22, Koroibete scored 4 tries for the Tigers against the 51-26 win Parramatta Eels at Campbelltown Stadium, equaling the club record for most tries in a match set by Kevin McGuinness ten years earlier.[7] Koroibete then followed up with 2 tries against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs a fortnight later.[8]

Coach Tim Sheens described him as having, "lots of issues still but he's got raw pace and ability." Koroibete finished his debut year in the NRL playing in 6 matches and scored 7 tries. On 21 August 2012, Koroibete was named at wing in the 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year.[9] Koroibete was also named the joint Rookie of the Year for the Wests Tigers,[10] and one of the top ten upcoming youngsters in the NRL in Lifestyle Uncut Magazine.[11]

A number of injuries, including a fractured eye-socket and a dislocated elbow, saw Koroibete play in just 9 games in 2013. However, he scored 5 tries and was averaging over three tackle breaks and 100 metres with the ball per game.[12]

In February, Koroibete was included in the Wests Tigers inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad, despite having a problem with his visa to gain entry into New Zealand.[13]

Melbourne Storm[edit]

Koroibete joined the Melbourne Storm mid-season on a ​2 12-year contract effective from 23 June 2014.[14][15] In Round 18 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Koroibete made his debut for the Melbourne Storm replacing Sisa Waqa on the wing in the Storm's 6–4 loss.[16] In the next match in Round 19 against the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park, Koroibete scored his first club try in the 28–14 win.[17] Koroibete played in 10 matches and scored 6 tries for the Storm in 2014 after his mid-year transfer to the club.

He finished the 2015 season as the Storms' highest try-scorer with 16 tries in 23 matches.[18] Koroibete also played for the Storm at the NRL Auckland Nines in 2015,[19] and 2016.[20] In May 2016 it was confirmed that he would switch codes to play rugby union at the end of the 2016 NRL season.[21]

Melbourne Rebels[edit]

Koriobete accepted a contract offer to join Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels for the 2017 season. The offer allowed him to play for the Rebels as well as for the Australian national team the Wallabies for which he had already qualified under the 4-year residency rule.[21]

Koroibete for Fiji at the RL 2013 World Cup

Super Rugby statistics[edit]

As of 15 July 2018[22]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Min T C PG DG Pts YC RC
2017 Rebels 13 13 0 1040 6 0 0 0 30 0 0
2018 Rebels 13 12 1 924 4 0 0 0 20 0 0
Total 26 25 1 1964 10 0 0 0 50 0 0

International career[edit]

Rugby league: Fiji[edit]

Koroibete made his international debut for Fiji at the 2013 World Cup,[23] as Fiji defeated Ireland 32-14. He played in all five of Fiji's games. In the match against Samoa, he made seven tackle breaks and ran over 220 metres with the ball.[24]

The following year Koroibete was selected to play for Fiji in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International against Samoa. He played on the wing in the 32–16 loss at Penrith Stadium.[25]

On 2 May 2015, he played for Fiji against Papua New Guinea in the 2015 Melanesian Cup, playing on the wing. He scored 2 tries in a Man of the Match performance in Fiji's 22-10 victory at Cbus Super Stadium.[26][27]

Rugby union: Australia[edit]

In October 2016, just weeks after playing in the 2016 NRL Grand Final, Koroibete was named in the Wallabies squad for their end-of-year tour to Europe.[28][29] He did not play in the test matches but gained his first appearance playing for the Australia XV side against the French Barbarians team in Bordeaux.[30]

Koroibete made his Test debut for Australia against Argentina at Canberra on 16 September 2017.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marika Koroibete - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  2. ^ "Player Profile : Marika Koroibete". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  3. ^ a b c Michael Chammas (8 August 2012). "From farm to fortune: quiet Koroibete is flying fast". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Grandstand Forums". rleague.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ Wayne Cousins (30 September 2013). "Wests Tigers win NYC Premiership". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  6. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs Turn on the Style as They Rout West Tigers 32-6". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  7. ^ "Wests Tigers Rally to beat Parramatta Eels in High Scxoring Clash at Campbelltown Stadium". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  8. ^ "Bulldogs score 23-22 Golden Point Victory Over West Tigers After Inu Drop Goal". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  9. ^   (21 August 2012). "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". NRL.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  10. ^ Wayne Cousins (28 September 2012). "Aaron Woods named Player of the Year". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  11. ^ Chris Taylor (23 September 2012). "The Top 10 Youngsters From The NRL You'd Like To See In Super League". Lifestyleuncut.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  12. ^ Brock Corfe (25 August 2013). "Young guns - Marika Koroibete". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Financial Review - News Store". Newsstore.fairfax.com.au. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  14. ^ Roy Ward (2014-06-23). "Melbourne Storm adds flying Fijian Marika Koroibete". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  15. ^ "Marika Koroibete Could Be Just What Melbourne Storm Need in a Season Defining Month". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  16. ^ Ash Gray (2014-07-12). "Live: Melbourne Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  17. ^ "Storm Have Beaten Raiders 28-14". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  18. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  19. ^ "STORM UNVEIL 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  20. ^ "Storm name youthful Nines squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  21. ^ a b "Rebels to sign Koroibete". Stuff. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  22. ^ "Player Statistics". It's Rugby.
  23. ^ "Civoniceva, Wes Naiqama to lead Fiji Bati". Fijilive.com. 2013-09-19. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  24. ^ Dan Walsh (1 May 2014). "Fiji v Samoa preview". nrl.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  25. ^ "Gutsy Samoa Secures Place in Four Nations Tournament Following Win Over Fiji". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  26. ^ "Fiji Bati Named To Face Png". Rugby League Week. 2015-04-26. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  27. ^ "Koroibete delights in Fiji win over PNG". NRL.com. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  28. ^ "Australia pick rugby league convert Marika Koroibete for autumn Tests". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  29. ^ Barry Toohey (10 March 2013). "Akuila Uate eyes new Fijian thriller Marika Koroibete". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  30. ^ "Wallaby XV stumble against French Barbarians". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  31. ^ "SANZAR - Wallabies secure bonus-point victory over Argentina". www.sanzarrugby.com. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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