Born in Auckland, Taumalolo moved to Townsville at the age of 13 and attended Kirwan State High School, earning a scholarship with the Cowboys and going on to represent the Queensland under-18s and Australian Schoolboys at the age of 16.
Taumalolo played his first NYC game in 2010 and became the youngest player to make his NRL debut for the Cowboys, aged 17 years, two months and 21 days, starting off the bench against the Bulldogs in 2010.
He would make his second NRL appearance for North Queensland almost a year later when he came off the bench in a loss to South Sydney in round 24 and starred for the Cowboys in round 25 against Cronulla, scoring two crucial tries as well as picking up 125 metres in attack.
Taumalolo played for the Junior Kiwis in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the Rugby League Player's Association's Toyota Cup Player of the Year award and was named in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year for the second year in a row. He is also a two-time winner of the Cowboys’ Toyota Cup Player of the Year Award.
In 2012, he made 17 NRL appearances, all off the interchange bench, and played in the finals series.
Season 2013 saw him play for Tonga in the one-off Test against Samoa and at the Rugby League World Cup, as well as adding 14 more NRL matches to his total. Taumalolo also started for the Mackay Cutters in their Intrust Super Cup grand final win against Easts.
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