Roy Asotasi

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Roy Asotasi
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Personal information
Born (1982-01-06) 6 January 1982 (age 37)[1]
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)[1]
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2002–06 Canterbury Bulldogs 84 8 0 0 32
2007–13 South Sydney 133 12 0 0 48
2014–15 Warrington Wolves 58 5 1 0 22
Total 275 25 1 0 102
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–09 New Zealand 24 0 0 0 0
2013 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [2][3]

Roy Asotasi (born 6 January 1982) is a former professional rugby league footballer who played as a prop in the 2000s and 2010s. A New Zealand international captain, he also played for Samoa. Asotasi played in the NRL for Australian clubs the Bulldogs (with whom he won the 2004 NRL Premiership) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 2007 to 2013. He then played in the Super League for the Warrington Wolves.[3]

Background[edit]

Asotasi was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He is of Samoan descent,[4]

A product of the Marist Saints junior club in Auckland, he also attended Marcellin College, Auckland.[5]

Professional playing career[edit]

Bulldogs[edit]

Asotasi joined Sydney NRL club, the Bulldogs club in 2000 as a prop where he was a regular member of their Jersey Flegg Cup team, playing in the Premiership-winning team against the Western Suburbs Magpies. In 2001 he was again a regular member of the Jersey Flegg Cup team and played in the Premiership-winning team against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks as a second-row.

By 2002 Asotasi became a regular member of the Bulldogs' Premier League team and received the opportunity to join the highest grade of Rugby League in Australia, the NRL against Canberra, when Glen Hughes was injured. He returned to the Premier League to play in the Preliminary Final against Penrith Panthers but was injured and missed the Grand Final win.

In 2004 Asotasi started the season in the NRL premiership and played every game of the season including the 2004 NRL grand final victory over cross-town rivals, the Roosters. In that same year he was also selected to play for New Zealand. He has played 14 Tests for New Zealand from 2004 to 2006.

As 2004 NRL premiers, the Bulldogs faced Super League IX champions, the Leeds Rhinos in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Asotasi played as a prop in the Bulldogs' 32–39 loss. In 2005 Asotasi played every match of the season before his sequence of 74 consecutive games was interrupted in 2006. He was injured just before the finals but returned to play in the Preliminary Final against Brisbane.

Rabbitohs[edit]

Asotasi with Jason Taylor

Foundation club, South Sydney Rabbitohs signed Roy Asotasi for the start of the 2007 NRL season. He was selected to captain the New Zealand national team as a prop in the 2007 ANZAC Test loss against Australia.[6] With Souths he played a major part in helping the club to its first finals appearance in over 2 decades by finishing in seventh position. That year Asotasi was awarded the George Piggins Medal as the club's best and fairest player for the season. Asotasi was named the New Zealand national side captain, as of the 2008 Anzac Test Match. He was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[7] However, in the Round 25 clash against the Sydney Roosters, Roy Asotasi picked up a pectoral injury and was sidelined for the remainder of the season and subsequently, took no part in New Zealand's Rugby League World Cup success. A pectoral injury also interrupted Asotasi's 2012 season.

In April 2013, Asotasi captained Samoa in their test match against fierce pacific rivals Tonga.

Warrington Wolves[edit]

On 2 July 2013, Roy signed a two-year contract to play for the English Super League club Warrington Wolves. His contract begins in 2014.[8]

On 20 August 2015, Tony Smith, coach of Warrington confirmed that he'd be releasing Asotasi for the 2016 season as he wants space to sign one more player to the team next season.[9] Asotasi finished his Warrington career with 58 appearances, 5 tries and one goal.

Highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Roy Asotasi". warringtonwolves.com. Warrington Wolves. 2014. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Apia Park to add Samoa Flavour to Sevens". ciherald.co.ck. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Jessup, Peter (25 September 2004). "League Kiwi flavour to NRL showdown". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Anzac Test Match 2007". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  8. ^ "Roy Asotasi: Warrington Wolves sign ex-New Zealand skipper". BBC Sport. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Tony Smith says Warrington Wolves to sign one more, but Roy Asotasi heading back to Australia". Warrington Guardian. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.

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Preceded by
Ruben Wiki
New Zealand national rugby league team captain
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Nathan Cayless