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Jason Taumalolo

Lock

Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
191 cm
Weight:
117 kg
Age:
26
Date of Birth:
31 May 1993
Birthplace:
Auckland, NZ
Nickname:
Jase
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Opposition:
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Date:
21 August 2010
Round:
24
Previous Club:
-
Junior Clubs:
Otahuhu Leopards, Papakura Sea Eagles
Biography:

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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.

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.

That good news was tempered by two-match suspension early in the piece following a shoulder charge on Broncos forward Alex Glenn, the Cowboys rolling the dice and losing at the judiciary.

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

Upon his return to the field, Taumalolo churned out barnstorming display after barnstorming display, taking his games to new level each week as he looked to fill the void left for the balance of the season by a serious knee injury in Round 2 to veteran forward Matt Scott.

By season’s end, big Jase led allcomers in metres run for the NRL, the powerful lock running 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.

Taumlolo was back in Cowboys colours at 2018 pre-season training in mid-January.

Jason Taumalolo’s status as the top forward in rugby league remained unchallenged in 2018 after yet another outstanding season by the North Queensland Cowboys lock.

The 25-year-old Tongan wrecking ball led all forwards in both running metres with 4104 in 23 games and post-contact metres with 1743 at an average of 77 per game.

For the third time in four seasons, Taumalolo was named Dally M Lock of the year and is also a finalist for the Golden Boot to be announced later this year.

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Favourite movie: Four Brothers / Christopher Robin
Favourite sports team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Favourite athlete growing up: Barry Sanders, Bo Jackson and Jonah Lomu
Who would play you in a movie?: Jim Carrey
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Mum’s homemade chop suey
Most ridiculous fact you know: Did you know that Santa’s reindeer are all female. Male reindeer shed their antlers around early December while female reindeer still keep theirs… mind-blowing
First CD: The Bee Gees
Run on song: Power – Kanye West
Event you would most like to attend: Super Bowl
One superpower: To have the Infinity Gauntlet so I could make my favourite meal with the reality stone and keep eating it over and over using the time stone and use the power stone on anyone who asks me for some of my food
Childhood career ambition: A professional drawer. I loved drawing even during classes, not that the teachers liked it
Pre-game meal: A good sandwich at lunch and that’s me before I play
One word to describe yourself: Hibernator

Career

Appearances
171
Tries
33

2019 Season

Appearances
9

Scoring

Tries
2

Attack

Tackle Breaks
36
Average Hit Ups
17.9
Post Contact Metres
688.3

Passing

Offloads
16

Defence

Tackles Made
247
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
212.7
Total Running Metres
1914

Fantasy

Total Points
579
Average Points
64

2019 Season - By Round

2019 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 Dragons Won 24 - 12 Lock 62 - - - 1 2 7 93 - 22 15 2 286 239 46
2 Broncos Lost 29 - 10 Lock 34 - - - - - - 16 1 8 11 - 44 44 -
8 Titans Won 28 - 14 Lock 60 1 - 4 - 1 3 94 - 22 20 2 217 212 5
9 Rabbitohs Lost 32 - 16 Lock 63 - - - - - 2 44 2 17 32 1 146 130 -
10 Eels Won 17 - 10 Lock 80 - - - - - 3 77 3 24 40 1 233 197 21
11 Raiders Won 16 - 22 Lock 69 - - - - - 7 103 1 21 34 2 251 226 14
12 Titans Won 4 - 6 Lock 80 1 - 4 - 1 8 55 4 25 41 2 204 191 -
13 Sea Eagles Lost 20 - 22 Lock 80 - - - - - 4 113 4 34 28 2 311 282 14
14 Wests Tigers Lost 26 - 27 Lock 59 - - - - - 2 96 1 19 26 1 218 209 -

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 82.67 - - -
Cowboys 2012 17 11 6 - 65% 5 - 20 - - - 34 - 5 222 22 1,255 73.82 - - -
Cowboys 2013 14 6 8 - 43% 2 - 8 - - - 37 597 9 217 15 1,381 98.68 13 - -
Cowboys 2014 25 14 11 - 56% 6 - 24 40 1.58 1 77 1,569 4 519 38 3,562 142.51 4 812 32.5
Cowboys 2015 26 18 8 - 69% 2 - 8 - - - 75 1,755 11 554 30 4,007 154.15 55 1,149 44.2
Cowboys 2016 27 16 11 - 59% 6 - 24 - - - 82 1,666 9 645 37 4,402 163.07 169 1,316 48.7
Cowboys 2017 26 15 11 - 58% 4 - 16 14 0.53 1 129 2,153 30 733 50 5,345 205.58 402 1,646 63.3
Cowboys 2018 23 8 15 - 35% 4 - 16 3 0.12 - 97 1,744 23 635 59 4,115 178.92 80 1,263 54.0
Cowboys 2019 9 5 4 - 56% 2 - 8 - - - 36 688 16 247 13 1,914 212.70 103 579 64.0

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 2019 171 94 77 - - 33 - 132 56 0.33 2 580 10,172 107 3,817 270 26,226 153.00 828 6,777 39.6

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