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Jason Taumalolo

Jason Taumalolo
  • Date of Birth: 31-05-1993
  • Height: 191
  • Weight: 113
  • Position: Lock
  • Rep. Honours: New Zealand; Tonga; Junior Kiwis 2010-12; Australian Schoolboys; NRL All Stars 2015
  • Junior Clubs: Otahuhu Leopards, Papakura Sea Eagles
  • FG Debut: v Bulldogs, 21/08/10 (Rd 24)
  • Club Debut: v Bulldogs, 21/08/10 (Rd 24)
  • Instagram: _taumaloloj

Born: Auckland
Home town: Mangere
Qualifications: Cert III Automotive
Career highlight: 2015 NRL Premiership
Best part about being a Cowboy: One town team that loves rugby league!
Favourite dish to cook: Slow cooked roast pork
Quote that motivates you: Don't be scared homie – Nick Diaz
Life goal after football: Retire and be happy!
If you were an animal, what kind would you be? Bear
Something not many people know about you: I'm a gun on the PlayStation

Jason 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 received 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. 

His breakout year was 2014 when the back-rower upped his output to 25 NRL matches with 23 starts in the Cowboys forward pack.

The 12 matches for the Mackay Cutters in 2013 turned into no Intrust Super Cup appearances this time around and an end-of-season international debut for New Zealand in the Four Nations.

In February 2015, Taumalolo made his first appearance in the All Stars game, featuring in the back row for the NRL All Stars in their 20-6 loss to the Indigenous All Stars.

Taumalolo made 26 appearances for the Cowboys in 2015, 24 of which were in the starting side at lock.

He evolved into one of the key members of the Cowboys pack in 2015, making 154 metres and 21.3 tackles per game, along with a huge total of 152 tackle breaks for the season.

Taumalolo was rewarded for his impressive year with the Dally M award for Lock of the Year, and also won his first premiership, making 178 metres and 30 tackles in the Grand Final win against the Broncos.

The Cowboys pathways prodigy arrived as a rugby league superstar with a devastatingly consistent 2016 season, playing in all 27 of his team’s NRL games and representing New Zealand in the May test and the post-season Four Nations tournament.

He ran the most metres per game of any player in the NRL over the course of the season – a staggering 4454m, or 165m per match – with an average of 24 tackles a match.

His stellar season was recognised with a dual 2016 Dally M Medal (with the Storm's Cooper Cronk), Dally M Lock of the Year, RLPA Players' Champion, Cowboy of the Year and his club's Players’ Player of the Year.

Taumalolo's 2017 campaign got off to a flying start with the barnstorming forward signing an historic 'Cowboy for life' deal to the end of the 2027 National Rugby League season.