6 June 1974 |
Cobar, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|Position||Lock, Second-row, Five-eighth|
Nik Kosef (born 6 June 1974) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He was a state and national representative whose club career was spent with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Northern Eagles. He played at lock, five-eighth and second-row during his career.
Kosef made his first-grade debut for Manly in a round 18 match of 1992 against the Penrith Panthers. He played for the club and its related successor the Northern Eagles for ten consecutive seasons although his last three years were interrupted by injury.
Four knee injuries limited his appearances at the Northern Eagles to just ten games during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Kosef made his return to the team in 2002 after sorting out a contract dispute with the club. Kosef accepted a pay-out from Manly for the final year of his contract, and he retired at the end of 2002.
Kosef first represented for the New South Wales Blues at lock in game I of the 1997 State of Origin series at the time when the game was divided by the Super League war. He held his position in all three games that year. He played in two games in the 1998 series and was in the run-on side in all three games of 1999 at lock and second-row.
Kosef made his international representative debut for Australia in the 1995 World Cup in the group match against South Africa and played in three matches in that tournament. He played in the 1996 Test against Papua New Guinea. He represented in one Test against New Zealand in 1998, in the Anzac Test of 1999 and in all three matches played against New Zealand and Great Britain in the 1999 Tri-Nations series.
Since retiring from rugby league, Kosef is a publican in Queensland.
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