|Arona playing for the Roosters in 2012.|
8 May 1989 |
Dunedin, New Zealand
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||105 kg (16 st 7 lb)|
|Position||Lock, Prop, Second-row|
|As of 5 November 2015|
|Source: Rugby League Project|
Tinirau Arona (born 8 May 1989) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Super League. A Cook Islands international, he plays at lock, prop and second-row and previously played for the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League.
Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, Arona is of Cook Island descent and moved to Sydney, New South Wales as an 11-year-old, playing his junior rugby league for the St Clair Comets, before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. Arona is cousins with Penrith Panthers and Cook Islands representative player Tupou Sopoaga.
In October 4 2006, Arona made his international debut for the Cook Islands national rugby league team as a 17-year-old, playing off the interchange bench and scored the Cook Islands only try in the 46-6 loss to the Samoa national rugby league team. In October 2009, Arona played 2 matches for the Cook Islands national rugby league team in the Pacific Cup. Arona played in the Penrith Panthers NYC team in 2008-2009 before moving on to play for the Sydney Roosters NSW Cup team the Newtown Jets in 2010 where Arona was awarded the club's best and fairest and best forward. Earning himself a contract with the Sydney Roosters.
In Round 4 of the 2011 NRL season, Arona made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters, playing off the interchange bench in the Roosters 24-6 win against the Wests Tigers at SFS. Arona finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 13 matches for the Sydney Roosters in the 2011 NRL season. On 3 November 2011 The annual RLIF Awards dinner was held at the Tower of London and Arona was named Cook Islands' player of the year.
In Round 9 against the Newcastle Knights at SFS, Arona scored his first NRL career try in the Roosters 24-6 win. Arona finished the 2012 NRL season with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 3 tries (12p) for the Sydney Roosters.
In July 2013, Arona represented the NSW Residents side. Arona finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 3 matches for the Sydney Roosters. Arona was part of the Cook Islands national rugby league team that participated in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup playing at lock in all 3 matches for the Cook Islands. On December 6 2013, Arona signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks after getting released from his contract with the Sydney Roosters.
In Round 1 of the 2014 NRL season, Arona made his National Rugby League Premiership debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, scoring a try in the Sharks 18-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Remondis Stadium. Arona finished his first year with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 21 matches and scoring 3 tries (12p).
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
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