26 January 1988 |
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Hooker, Lock, Five-eighth, Halfback|
As of 23 September 2013
Masada Iosefa (born 26 January 1988) is a Samoan professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers and West Tigers in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as a hooker. He is cousins with the four Mata'utia brothers, Newcastle Knights players Chanel Mata'utia, Sione Mata'utia and Pat Mata'utia, and St. George Illawarra Dragons player Peter Mata'utia.
A Blacktown City RLFC junior and a student of Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown, Iosefa has said of his younger years, "I was a little gangster. I guess it doesn't matter now but I grew up with a lot of guys and all they knew was crime. I just blended in with them and got caught up with it a bit. I was just hanging out on the streets. Doing the wrong thing. It is a pretty rough place and the kids just hang out and get into trouble. Not massive trouble but it can go that way. I was caught up with it. I was really close to getting locked away for a while."
In 2012, he joined the Mount Pritchard Mounties in the NSW Cup, a feeder team for the Canberra Raiders. Iosefa was picked up as a mid-season recruit by the Wests Tigers, as back-up for hooker Robbie Farah. Playing hooker or from the bench, he made 9 appearances for 2012, the last 7 of which were losses. He was also a member of the feeder team Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers side that lost the NSW Cup grand final.
In April 2013, Iosefa played for Samoa in a test match against rivals Tonga in Penrith. Later in the year, Samoa selected him to play in Samoa's 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. Just before the tournament kicked off, however, he was forced out of the side after suffering an injury.
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