Zeb Taia

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Zeb Taia
Zeb Taia Newcastle.jpg
Personal information
Full name John Zebelon Taia
Born (1984-10-11) 11 October 1984 (age 34)
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock, Prop, Centre

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–07 Parramatta Eels 6 2 0 0 8
2007–12 Newcastle Knights 101 12 0 0 48
2013–15 Catalans Dragons 77 36 0 0 144
2016–17 Gold Coast Titans 24 5 0 0 20
2017– St Helens 61 14 0 0 56
Total 269 69 0 0 276
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010 New Zealand 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Cook Islands 4 0 0 0 0
2013 Exiles 1 0 0 0 0
As of 6 October 2018
Source: [2][3]

Zeb Taia (born 11 October 1984) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the St Helens in the Super League. He primarily plays as a second-row and lock forward, but can also fill in as a prop and centre and previously played for the Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League, and the Catalans Dragons in the Super League.[2]

Background[edit]

Taia was born in Auburn, New South Wales, Australia.

Zeb Taia is from the beautiful island of Cook Island, Penryhn.

Playing career[edit]

He played his junior football for the Enfield Federals and the St Clair Comets before being signed by the Parramatta Eels. He played for the Eels' Premier League reserve-grade team in 2006.[4] In Round 5 of the 2006 NRL season he made his NRL debut for the Eels against the Penrith Panthers.

In 2007, Taia was granted a release from his Eels contract and moved mid-season to the Newcastle Knights. In 2008, Taia established himself as a permanent first-grader with the Knights.

Taia playing for the Knights in 2009

In the first week of the finals series of 2011, Taia made a comeback from a career threatening neck injury in which he suffered four rounds into the season.

On 16 May 2012, Taia signed a 3-year deal with French Super League club, Catalans Dragons starting in 2013. Taia said about the move, "Whilst my wife and I are looking forward to experiencing life in another country, a beautiful one at that, I am forever indebted to the Knights. Not just for the time I have been here but the support they showed me, particularly last season during a potentially career ending injury."[5]

On 5 August 2015, Taia signed a 2-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans to return to the National Rugby League after three years in France, starting in 2016.[6]

On February 14, 2017, Taia signed for St. Helens in a swap deal taking Joe Greenwood to Gold Coast Titans

Representative career[edit]

For the 2010 Anzac Test, Taia was selected to debut for the New Zealand national rugby league team at second-row forward in their loss against Australia.[7]

On 16 October 2010, Taia represented the Cook Islands against a NSW Country representative side.[8] In the match Taia captained the side. He made his official international debut for the Cook Islands in 2012 in a match against Lebanon.

Zeb captained 'the Kukis' in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Taia is of Cook Islands descent as his parents are from the island of Penrhyn (Tongareva).[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catalans Dragons Equipe Saison 2015". Catalans Dragons site officiel. Catalans Dragons S.A.S.P. 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Love Rugby League
  4. ^ [1] Archived 18 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [2] Archived 7 September 2012 at Archive.is
  6. ^ Titans.com.au (2015-08-05). "Taylor and Taia to join Titans | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  7. ^ "Zeb Taia chases black jumper after sidestepping Blues". Newcastle Herald. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ Alderson, Andrew (15 August 2010). "League: Watch out for Taia if Kiwi coach calls". The New Zealand Herald.

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