Internationals A Look Back - "Kiwi eligible NRL" players that made their NRL debut from 2015-2018

Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
2,259
So as some of you may remember I used to create a thread annually of Kiwi eligible players in the NRL from 2015-2018. I also tracked which Kiwi eligible players (at the time) made their NRL debut during each season. I have posted below the names of said players and thought it would be interesting to look back and see, which players are still in the NRL. Which players have since moved to Super League, or are no longer playing in either competition.

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL in 2018.

Sione Katoa
Sam Cook
Taniela Paseka
Joseph Vuna
Moeaki Fotuaika
Jarome Luai
Marata Niukore
Renouf Toomaga
Jack Williams
Manase Fainu
Sitili Tupouniua
Ofahiki Ogden
Caleb Aekins
Poasa Faamasuili

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL debut in 2017.

Isaiah Papali'i
Erin Clark
Brad Abbey
Corey Harawira-Naera
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
Francis Tualau
Brandon Smith
Esan Marsters
Jamayne Isaako
Tevita Chris Satae
James Bell
Braden Hamlin-Uele
Patrick Mago
Jeremy Marshall-King
Moses Suli
Royce Hunt

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL debut in 2016.

David Bhana
Nathaniel Roache
Zane Musgrove
Jayden Nikorima
Josh Aloiai
Leivaha Pulu
James Fisher-Harris
Te Maire Martin
Jazz Tevaga
Abraham Papalii
Javid Bowen
Addin Fonua-Blake
Taane Milne
Toafofoa Sipley
Jaydn Su'A
Remis Smith
Siosifa Talakai
Bunty Afoa
Moses Leota
Joseph Manu
Ma'afoaeata Hingano
Luciano Leilua
Kalyn Ponga
Tautalatasi Tasi

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL debut in 2015.

Felise Kaufusi
Lamar Manuel-Liolevave
Delouise Hoeter
Manaia Cherrington
Richard Kennar
Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Herman Ese'ese
Ken Maumalo
Solomone Kata
Joe Ofahengaue
Kodi Nikorima
Rory O'Brien
Danny Levi
Patrick Kaufusi
Nathaniel Peteru
Mason Lino
Albert Vete
Sam Lisone
 

Trugoy

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 3, 2016
1,639
So as some of you may remember I used to create a thread annually of Kiwi eligible players in the NRL from 2015-2018. I also tracked which Kiwi eligible players (at the time) made their NRL debut during each season. I have posted below the names of said players and thought it would be interesting to look back and see, which players are still in the NRL. Which players have since moved to Super League, or are no longer playing in either competition.

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL in 2018.

Sione Katoa
Sam Cook
Taniela Paseka
Joseph Vuna
Moeaki Fotuaika
Jarome Luai
Marata Niukore
Renouf Toomaga
Jack Williams
Manase Fainu
Sitili Tupouniua
Ofahiki Ogden
Caleb Aekins
Poasa Faamasuili

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL debut in 2017.

Isaiah Papali'i
Erin Clark
Brad Abbey
Corey Harawira-Naera
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
Francis Tualau
Brandon Smith
Esan Marsters
Jamayne Isaako
Tevita Chris Satae
James Bell
Braden Hamlin-Uele
Patrick Mago
Jeremy Marshall-King
Moses Suli
Royce Hunt

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL debut in 2016.

David Bhana
Nathaniel Roache
Zane Musgrove
Jayden Nikorima
Josh Aloiai
Leivaha Pulu
James Fisher-Harris
Te Maire Martin
Jazz Tevaga
Abraham Papalii
Javid Bowen
Addin Fonua-Blake
Taane Milne
Toafofoa Sipley
Jaydn Su'A
Remis Smith
Siosifa Talakai
Bunty Afoa
Moses Leota
Joseph Manu
Ma'afoaeata Hingano
Luciano Leilua
Kalyn Ponga
Tautalatasi Tasi

List of Kiwi eligible players who made their NRL debut in 2015.

Felise Kaufusi
Lamar Manuel-Liolevave
Delouise Hoeter
Manaia Cherrington
Richard Kennar
Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Herman Ese'ese
Ken Maumalo
Solomone Kata
Joe Ofahengaue
Kodi Nikorima
Rory O'Brien
Danny Levi
Patrick Kaufusi
Nathaniel Peteru
Mason Lino
Albert Vete
Sam Lisone
Awesome bro.
Quite a few names in there I’d pretty much forgotten about. Nice to see so many have kicked on.
Any chance of a “where are they now” list?
 

drake83

1st Grade Fringe
Jan 14, 2013
1,172
Palmerston North
Hey Selector whats the haps with mulitalo from the sharks is he actualy eligible for origin, I read an article saying he moved to Australia at 14 years old
 

Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
2,259
Hey Selector whats the haps with mulitalo from the sharks is he actualy eligible for origin, I read an article saying he moved to Australia at 14 years old
He shouldn't be as far as I am aware he moved to Ipswich Queensland in October 2013, thus he shouldn't be as he would have been 14 going on 15 at the time his family moved over. According to the ARLC's State of Origin eligibility Criteria you have to be residing in either Queensland or NSW before your 13th birthday.

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But as we know when it comes to Queensland they don't care about the rules.

One last little note is that he was not included in the initial training squad for Queensland for this years SOO. I would have thought he would've made it ahead of the likes of Edrick Lee who has been injured quite a lot this year but was selected. So that may tell us something about his eligibility, as well.
 
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Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
2,259
Awesome bro.
Quite a few names in there I’d pretty much forgotten about. Nice to see so many have kicked on.
Any chance of a “where are they now” list?
I will spend some time and put together a 'where are they now' list for the names listed who are no longer in the NRL.
 
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drake83

1st Grade Fringe
Jan 14, 2013
1,172
Palmerston North
I seen a league guy have him in his qld side then i did read he got to australia at 14 and thought that wouldnt work. Hopefully he goes for his u.s roots and plays for them
 

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