Starford To'a

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Starford To'a
Personal information
Born (2000-06-23) 23 June 2000 (age 22)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
Playing information
PositionWing, Centre, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019–21 Newcastle Knights 20 11 0 0 44
2022– Wests Tigers 11 1 0 0 4
Total 31 12 0 0 48
As of 20 May 2022
Source: [1]

Starford To'a (born 23 June 2000) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a winger, centre or fullback for the Wests Tigers in the NRL.

He previously played for the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League.

Background[edit]

To'a was born in Auckland, New Zealand[2] and is of Tongan, Māori and European descent. He attended St Paul's College, Auckland.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 2018, he moved to Australia to play for the Newcastle Knights, after being scouted by a recruitment manager for the Knights in 2016 at a New Zealand national tournament in Rotorua.[2] He played for the Knights' Jersey Flegg Cup team.[4] At the end of 2018, he played for the Australian Schoolboys and was named man of the match in their first game.[5]Denga fosi’i

2019[edit]

In 2019, To'a joined the Knights' NRL squad for pre-season training and played in a first-grade trial match.[6] In June, he re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract until the end of 2021.[7] In round 25 of the 2019 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Knights against the Penrith Panthers[8] and scored a try.[9] On 29 September, he will play for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos.[10]

2020[edit]

He made seven appearances for Newcastle in the 2020 NRL season and scored four tries. To'a did not feature in the club's first finals campaign since 2013.[11]

2021[edit]

In 2021, To'a made 12 appearances for the Knights, scoring 6 tries.[12]

2022[edit]

In January 2022, To'a was granted a release from the final two years of his Knights contract to join the Wests Tigers on a two-year contract effective immediately.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Starford To'a - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ a b "The future: Meet Starford To'a". Newcastle Knights. 7 November 2018.
  3. ^ "The future: Meet Starford To'a". Newcastle Knights. 7 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Players". 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Schoolboys post record win in first Tour game". 27 November 2018.
  6. ^ TOOHEY, BARRY (5 March 2019). "Rookie Knight Starford To'a's dazzling feet sign of big future". Newcastle Herald.
  7. ^ "Exciting back Starford To'a awarded new deal". Newcastle Knights. 24 June 2019.
  8. ^ TOOHEY, BARRY (6 September 2019). "Teenage winger Starford To'a to make Knights debut against Panthers". Newcastle Herald.
  9. ^ "Penrith Panthers trounce Newcastle Knights to send James Maloney out on a high". National Rugby League. 8 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Three Knights named in Junior Kiwis side". Newcastle Knights. 11 September 2019.
  11. ^ "2020 season by the numbers". www.nrl.com.
  12. ^ "Custom Match List - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  13. ^ Tigers, Wests. "Wests Tigers sign Starford Toa". Retrieved 14 January 2022.

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