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Player Hitro Okesene

Full Name
John Haitrosene Okesene
Date of Birth
Sep 22, 1970
Birth Location
Auckland, New Zealand
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
  2. 🇼🇸 Samoa
Height (cm)
180 cm
Weight (kg)
125 kg
  1. Prop
Warrior #
Warriors Debut Date
Mar 10, 1995
Warriors Debut Details
March 10 1995, Round 1 vs Brisbane Broncos at Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Warriors Years Active
  1. 1995
  2. 1996
  3. 1997
Signed From
Counties Manukau
Rep Honours
  1. NZ
  2. Samoa
Rugby League Project



John Haitrosene "Hitro" Okesene (/haɪtroʊ oʊkəsiːni/) (born 22 September 1970), also known by the nickname of "Nitro", is a former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s and represented three countries; Western Samoa, American Samoa and New Zealand.

He was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

His brother Paul also played international rugby league.

His early years saw him play in both Auckland competitions, for the Manukau club, and for Carlisle in the English competition during the New Zealand off-season. In 1994 he captained the Counties Manukau Heroes in the Lion Red Cup, and in 1995 was part of the inaugural Auckland Warriors squad. He stayed with Auckland for another two seasons before moving the England to play in the Super League. He played for both the Hull Sharks and the Featherstone Rovers before settling at lower division club, Workington Town. There, as in Auckland, he became a cult figure.

Okesene was a Junior Kiwi in 1988 and 1989. In 1988 he also represented Western Samoa in the Pacific Cup. He later represented American Samoa at the 1992 Pacific Cup alongside his brother Paul.

He played at either prop or hooker and represented the New Zealand on five occasions both on the 1994 tour of Australia and Papua New Guinea, and at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.

In 2003 he retired due to knee troubles and became coach of the Ellenborough Rangers who competed in the Cumbria Amateur Rugby League. He was replaced in 2005 but remains in Cumbria, working in the construction industry.

Now residing in Cumbria Okesene lives with his wife, Donna and they have three children named Shakayla, Giovanna and Lerocco.

A summary of the career stats for Former Junior Kiwi forward from the Manukau club in NZ played with Carlisle in 1989-92 before returning to the Auckland domestic competition. Following his three seasons with the Warriors, Okesene returned to England to play for Hull (1998), Featherstone Rovers...


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