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John Asiata

John Asiata
  • Date of Birth: 19-04-1993
  • Height: 185
  • Weight: 104
  • Position: Second Row, Prop, Lock
  • Rep. Honours: Samoa
  • Junior Clubs: Wentworthville Magpies
  • Previous Clubs: Sydney Roosters
  • FG Debut: v Melbourne, 31/05/14 (Rd 12)
  • Club Debut: v Melbourne, 31/05/14 (Rd 12)
  • Instagram: john_asiata

Ribs and Rumps

Born: Penrith
Home town: Mount Druitt
Qualifications: Cert IV, Diploma Community Service
Career highlight: 2015 NRL Grand Final win
Best part about being a Cowboy: The camaraderie between the players
First job: Mission Australia (Missionbeat)
Favourite recipe: Moroccan chicken breast & salad
Personal motivator: Be somebody that nobody thought you could be
I would spend my last $10 on: Double cheeseburger
Goal after football: Become a welfare manager or community worker
If you were an animal, what kind would you be? Lion
Something not many people know about you: I love music and singing
Advice to younger players: Don't give up and let anyone bring you down

NYC team of the year lock forward John Asiata joined the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ NRL squad in 2013 on a two-year contract.

The 20-year-old made the move north from the Sydney Roosters where he was coached during the 2013 under-20s season by North Queensland head coach Paul Green.

A junior with the Wentworthville club, Asiata made his NYC debut in round four of the 2012 competition and played 17 matches in his rookie season before turning out for the Roosters in 19 matches in 2013.

His outstanding form during his second year, including being ranked No.1 in the Roosters’ forward pack for metres gained per match and third overall for linebreak assists, saw him included for the first time in the NYC’s team of the year.

He ran for more than 100 metres in 12 matches in 2013, with a season-high of 174 metres against eventual premiers Penrith in round 21.

In 2014, his first year with the Cowboys, Asiata showed why North Queensland were keen on recruiting him – at season’s end, he was named the Cowboys’ Rookie of the Year.

Asiata played his first NRL match of the 2015 season in round 4, but went on to feature for the Cowboys in every match from that point onwards.

Playing all but two of his matches in 2015 off the bench, Asiata averaged 17.5 tackles and 85 metres per match, playing an average of 30.5 minutes per game.

Asiata played his part in the 17-16 victory in the Grand Final against the Broncos, making 80 metres and 18 tackles in 24 minutes and won his first premiership as a result.

Asiata was originally named in Samoa’s side to face Tonga in the 2015 Polynesian Cup, but was replaced late by Michael Sio.

Entering his third year as a Cowboy, Asiata started 2016 in the best 17 as Green rewarded loyalty in playing his grand final team for the first four games of the new season.

He was a staple of the Cowboys team until after round 6, at which point he then played four weeks for the Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup as Green looked for ways to get him more footy under his belt.

Stints in the halves for the Cutters helped the 23-year-old gain a return to the NRL fold, where he remained for most of the season.