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.
Taumalolo averaged a career-high 207 running metres in 2020, which included an incredible 345 metre, 115 post-contact metre performance against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of 2020.
Taumalolo is contracted until the end of the 2027 season.
Favourite Netflix series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The Witcher
Favourite sports movie: Remember the Titans or Coach Carter
Which teammate wins Cowboys Ninja Warrior: Ben Hampton
Best nickname you’ve been given: Hulk
Favourite video game growing up: Ratchet and Clank or Crash Bandicoot – PlayStation all the way!
Favourite game day pump up song: Forever – Drake
Dream job if you weren’t a football player: Anything that involves helping animals
Best concert you’ve been to: Still waiting to go to my first one
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- Tackles Made
- Tackle Efficiency
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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||60||-||-||-||-||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
|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|
|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|