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Jason Taumalolo

Lock

Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
191 cm
Date of Birth:
31 May 1993
Weight:
117 kg
Birthplace:
Auckland, NZ
Age:
27
Nickname:
Jase
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Date:
21 August 2010
Opposition:
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Round:
24
Previous Club:
-
Junior Clubs:
Otahuhu Leopards, Papakura Sea Eagles
Biography:

Cowboy #217

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.

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

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 a historic 'Cowboy for life' deal to the end of the 2027 National Rugby League season.

The on-field heroics continued on during the Cowboys’ golden run to the 2017 grand final.

By season’s end, Taumalolo led the NRL with 5000m-plus from the year – the most ever by a forward in the NRL – which equated to a lung-busting 200m-plus a game.

These no-mean feats were rewarded with his second consecutive Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year and joint Players’ Player honours with Michael Morgan.

He represented the Kiwis in the May Test against the Kangaroos, but sensationally switched to his parents’ native Tonga for the season-ending Rugby League World Cup, helping Mate Ma’a to three wins from their opening three pool matches, including a victory-for-the-ages against New Zealand.

In 2018 for the third time in four seasons, Taumalolo was named Dally M Lock of the year.

He claimed his record fourth and fifth consecutive Paul Bowman Medal in 2019 and 2020, despite battling injuries in both seasons.

Taumalolo is contracted until the end of the 2027 season.

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Favourite TV show as a child: Dragon Ball Z or Pingu
Favourite podcast: Any true crime podcasts
Favourite comedian: Dave Chappelle
Childhood celebrity crush: Keri Hilson
Worst purchase you’ve made: Gel blaster
If you could live the life of one TV/movie character, who would it be: Po – Kung Fu Panda
One famous person you’d like to meet: Elvis Presley
What is your signature dish to cook: Five spice duck breast

Career

Appearances
196
Tries
36

2020 Season

Appearances
16

Scoring

Tries
2

Attack

Tackle Breaks
53
Average Hit Ups
16.7
Post Contact Metres
1407.4

Passing

Offloads
14

Defence

Tackles Made
507
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
207
Total Running Metres
3320

Fantasy

Total Points
986
Average Points
61.6

2020 Season - By Round

2020 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Broncos Lost 21 - 28 Lock 73 - - - - - 4 69 1 18 32 1 183 183 -
2 Bulldogs Won 16 - 24 Lock 73 1 - 4 - 1 8 115 - 28 19 3 345 340 -
3 Titans Won 36 - 6 Lock 59 - - - - 1 7 127 - 26 16 1 290 276 14
5 Warriors Lost 37 - 26 Lock 63 - - - - - 2 56 3 16 53 2 137 131 -
6 Wests Tigers Lost 36 - 20 Lock 72 - - - - - 4 112 1 26 31 3 260 258 -
7 Knights Won 32 - 20 Lock 70 - - - - - 3 128 1 26 32 5 297 238 59
8 Eels Lost 42 - 4 Lock 65 - - - - - 2 81 1 16 47 4 167 160 -
9 Roosters Lost 16 - 42 Lock 58 - - - - - 4 103 - 22 27 - 214 180 22
10 Panthers Lost 22 - 10 Lock 64 - - - - - 1 66 1 18 44 3 135 126 -
11 Sea Eagles Lost 12 - 24 Lock 72 - - - - - 4 88 - 27 43 3 210 192 18
12 Raiders Lost 12 - 14 Lock 66 1 - 4 - 1 4 115 2 31 38 - 241 224 -
13 Titans Lost 30 - 10 Lock 69 - - - - 1 4 92 - 17 33 1 194 189 -
14 Rabbitohs Lost 30 - 31 Lock 57 - - - - - 2 67 2 22 28 1 210 144 66
15 Knights Lost 12 - 0 Lock 30 - - - - - - 30 1 8 25 1 54 54 -
19 Panthers Lost 12 - 32 Interchange 40 - - - - - 1 50 1 16 16 1 126 121 4
20 Broncos Won 16 - 32 Lock 53 - - - - - 3 110 - 23 23 - 249 158 76

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Forced Drop Outs Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2010 1 - 1 - - - - - - - - 1 - - 10 1 9 9.00 - - -
Cowboys 2011 3 1 2 - 33% 2 - 8 - - - 12 - - 36 5 248 82.00 - - -
Cowboys 2012 17 11 6 - 65% 5 - 20 - - - 34 - 5 222 22 1,255 73.00 - - -
Cowboys 2013 14 6 8 - 43% 2 - 8 - - - 37 597 9 217 15 1,381 98.68 13 186 13.0
Cowboys 2014 25 14 11 - 56% 6 - 24 40 1.58 1 77 1,569 4 519 38 3,562 142.51 4 819 32.0
Cowboys 2015 26 18 8 - 69% 2 - 8 - - - 75 1,755 11 554 30 4,007 154.15 55 1,148 44.0
Cowboys 2016 27 16 11 - 59% 6 - 24 - - - 82 1,658 9 644 37 4,387 162.50 169 1,324 49.0
Cowboys 2017 26 15 11 - 58% 4 - 16 14 0.53 1 129 2,153 30 733 50 5,348 205.00 402 1,625 62.5
Cowboys 2018 23 8 15 - 35% 4 - 16 3 0.12 - 97 1,753 23 635 59 4,117 179.00 80 1,263 54.9
Cowboys 2019 18 8 10 - 44% 3 - 12 - - - 70 1,228 26 525 32 3,538 196.00 210 1,101 61.2
Cowboys 2020 16 4 12 - 25% 2 - 8 - - - 53 1,407 14 507 29 3,320 207.00 261 986 61.6

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Forced Drop Outs Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2010 2020 196 101 95 - 52% 36 - 144 56 0.29 2 667 12,116 131 4,602 318 31,194 159.00 1,197 8,707 44.4

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