Player Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

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Taunoa-Brown signed for two years
AuthorRichard Becht

Big prop Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has earned a full-time NRL contract with the Vodafone Warriors after impressing coaching staff throughout the preseason.
The Melbourne-born 23-year-old has been signed on a two-year deal following a hectic last fortnight.
Brought to Auckland on a trial contract, the 1.94m, 114kg Taunoa-Brown was selected to represent the Vodafone Warriors at the Perth NRL Nines on February 14-15 and then flew directly to the Gold Coast to join the Australian Indigenous All-Stars for last weekend’s encounter with the Māori Kiwis.

Just a matter of a few days later he has now claimed a spot in the Vodafone Warriors’ top 30 NRL squad.
“Jamayne had a terrific year with Norths in the Queensland Cup last year and he has really impressed our coaches and football staff since coming here,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.
“He’s exactly the sort of player we need after losing props Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei to season-ending knee injuries.”
Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney said securing Taunoa-Brown was vital.
“I can’t fault him since he has arrived and that's why we were adamant we wanted to keep him at our footy club,” he said.
“He has ticked a lot of boxes. He's a big body and very skilful.”
Taunoa-Brown’s rugby league journey has taken him through the Melbourne Storm, the Newcastle Knights and Norths Devils in Brisbane before earning an NRL contract.

With the Storm at under-18 and under-20 level in 2014 and 2015 (playing a total on 20 games), he spent 2016 and 2017 with the Knights where he appeared in an NRL trial in 2017 as well as 21 under-20 games and 12 New South Wales Cup matches.
In the past two seasons he has amassed 47 appearances in the Queensland Cup.
After playing in both games for the Vodafone Warriors at the Perth NRL Nines, Taunoa-Brown found himself in the Australian Indigenous team’s starting line-up last Saturday after initially being brought into the squad as an injury replacement.

Off the field, the big man has earned a reputation as an up and coming rapper and hip hop producer known as Yung Maynie.
JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN
Date of Birth: November 17, 1996
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria
Junior Clubs: Altona Roosters (Melbourne)
Position: Prop
Height: 194cm
Weight: 114kg
Previous Clubs: Melbourne Storm (2014-2015), Newcastle Knights (2016-2017), Norths Devils (2018-2019)
Rep Honours: Australian Indigenous All-Stars (2020), Perth NRL Nines (2020)
NRL Debut: Yet to make debut
NRL Career: 0
NRL Points: 0
New South Wales Cup Career: 12 appearances (2016-2017)
New South Wales Cup Points: 0
Queensland Cup Career: 47 appearances (2018-2019)
Queensland Cup Points: 40 (10 tries)

He doesn't appear to be a game breaker or x factor but at prop, those aren't the prerequisites?

Run hard, tackle hard. Succeed.
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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Best attacking prop in the QLD Cup last year apparently, he'll be getting plenty of game time with Bunty going down so hope he makes the most of his opportunity.
Asked two good mates about this and they disagreed wholeheartedly. Without doubt they both said independently that it was Jordan Grant.

Both said Jamayne Tounua-Brown is a good player though.

One is a player and the other is an assistant coach...
 
The Falcon

The Falcon

Asked two good mates about this and they disagreed wholeheartedly. Without doubt they both said independently that it was Jordan Grant.

Both said Jamayne Tounua-Brown is a good player though.

One is a player and the other is an assistant coach...
I see he was a former West Tiger under 20’s player who went to Mackay to try and crack the Cowboys squad but last season was with Redcliffe. Player of the year it looks like. Always curious when a player of his size and caliber isn’t with a first grade squad.
 
Damo

Damo

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Asked two good mates about this and they disagreed wholeheartedly. Without doubt they both said independently that it was Jordan Grant.

Both said Jamayne Tounua-Brown is a good player though.

One is a player and the other is an assistant coach...
Fair enough, thats why I said "apparently". Was going off of hearsay and not my own thoughts.
 
Blain

Blain

Jamayne Tounua-Brown's QLD cup stats reflect what he's done in first grade so far, plenty of tackles and solid metres. He sort of reminds me of Alex Twal, big unit with a good motor.

He's averaging 24 tackles and 100 metres in 40 minutes for his first 2 games, that's great stuff. I'm really interested to see the line up once/if we get back up and running. For me Katoa has locked in the second row spot (thankfully, would hate another season of Papalii/Blair plugging the spot again).

Tevaga and Paasi will be back. Both should be back in our starting 13, clearly we we're lacking attack in the middle. Papalii offers only solid defence, I can't really see much point of playing him if he's on the bench. Even Burr would offer you more impact. Then there is Curran, who is highly rated but we haven't seen much.

8. Paasi
9. Egan
10. Ah Mau
11. Katoa
12. Harris
13. Tevaga

14. Lawton/Nikorima
15. Jamayne Tounua-Brown
16. Blair. Covers all forward positions.
17. Burr/Curran/Papalii
 
Miket12

Miket12

Warriors forward Jamayne Taunoa-Brown finally cracks the big time

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Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has finally cracked the big time, just when big is not supposed to be better in the NRL.

The unheralded Warriors forward scored an excellent try from a sharp pickup in the 18-0 win over the Dragons, when the NRL resumed last week.

That capped a solid outing from the 113kg prop, who cracked the 100-metre mark with his runs and played an important part in an impressive team performance.

Born and raised in Melbourne, but with strong New Zealand links, Taunoa-Brown feared he had "stuffed up" his hopes of an NRL career.

Taunoa-Brown, aged 23, was on the Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights' books. He ended up playing local footy in Newcastle before shifting to Brisbane, where the Warriors recruitment boss Peter O'Sullivan spotted his potential in club league.

"I was in the under-20 system in Melbourne and had a pretty decent year but I don't think it was looking anything like first grade," he says from the Warriors' base in Gosford.

"Then an opportunity popped up with Newcastle, the under-20s again, in the New South Wales Cup.

"I thought I went well, the coaching staff there were happy with me, but towards the end I stuffed things up for myself a bit.

"I found myself back in the local comp, wasn't putting my best foot forward to get a crack at the NRL. I don't think it was anything to do with the club. It was just me. I fell out of love with the game a bit.

"I didn't think the NRL was going to happen for me. Once I was in the local competition I gave up a bit. But I got a bit of a spark again and chased the dream again."

Taunoa-Brown is of Ngāti Kahungunu descent on his father Brandon's side, with a big family in Napier. His mother Jamie, from South Australia, is "half Aboriginal Australian".

He received early headlines this year via a surprise call-up to the Indigenous All Stars who played the Maori All Stars. And it helped him land a two-year Warriors contract, as the club battled a middle forward injury crisis.

Taunoa-Brown is averaging over 100 metres in his three Warriors first grade appearances but the game is providing added challenges for big forwards.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the NRL introduced a six again rule for ruck infringements, which increased the fatigue factor.

Taunoa-Brown has slimmed down from 117kg but is still a big league unit, and says he did feel "gassed" at times against the Dragons.

"I guess it might become a bit harder for the bigger guys - we'll have to see how the rules play out," he said.

"It's definitely a lot faster with the six again rule. When defending it puts you on the back foot a bit, with teams coming through the middle so fast.

"It's good on the attacking side of things. You wrap up and go through the middle as fast as you can.

"But I don't feel too bad at the moment, being a bit on the bigger side."

He will go into the round four game against the Panthers on Friday buoyed by his form and the sharp try which set the Warriors on the road to victory against the Dragons.

"I was a bit surprised when I saw the ball pop out of (Matt) Dufty's hands," he says.

"My eyes lit up and once I got over the line, I saw the ref go up to the bunker. I was trying to think what I did wrong.

"It's been crazy the past few months, just how much my life has changed. I'm just grateful to be where I am today, and that try on the weekend was pretty special.

"I've put all my eggs in one basket, to get an NRL contract. I was in and out of labouring jobs and didn't really enjoy that to much. I didn't want to be a labourer for the rest of my life.

"I thought the NRL dream was over for me. But I guess anything is possible - if you want something it's achievable."

 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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242. JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN

Everything is covered in the following articles and profile but TL: DR Jamayne Tounua-Brown was granted a release to join the North Queensland Cowboys after being loaned to the St George-Illawarra Dragons...

Taunoa-Brown granted request for release from contract

Richard Becht & photosport.nz
Thu 21 Oct 2021, 07:59 AM
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Front rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is leaving the Vodafone Warriors to continue his NRL career with another club.

The 24-year-old 2020-2021 Indigenous All-Stars prop was initially on a train and trial contract with the club before earning a fulltime deal for the 2020 season.

“Jamayne has asked for a release from his current contract and it has been granted,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“Unfortunately we were unable to offer him a contract beyond 2022 so, with his best interests in mind, we’ve reluctantly agreed to let him go so he can accept a long-term offer for his future and security.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Jamayne as we have seen him progress from the Intrust Super Cup at Brisbane Norths to train and trial then a top 30 contract but we couldn’t stand in his way of accepting such a good offer considering our current crop of middles.

“We thank him for his efforts and wish him well moving forward.”

Taunoa-Brown made his NRL debut off the bench in the opening round of the 2020 season against the Newcastle Knights, going on to make 19 appearances in his rookie year.

He added 13 more matches this year to lift his club tally to 32 while he also had two games while on loan to the St George Illawarra Dragons.


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Height: 194 cm
Date of Birth: 17 November 1996
Weight: 111 kg
Birthplace: Melbourne, VIC
Age: 26
Nickname: Yung Maynie
Debut Club: New Zealand Warriors
Date: 14 March 2020
Opposition: Newcastle Knights
Round: 1
Previous Clubs: New Zealand Warriors, St. George Illawarra Dragons
Junior Club: Altona Roosters

Biography:
Cowboys member number: 766444
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A Melbourne Storm junior, Taunoa-Brown also spent time in the Newcastle Knights system before joining the Warriors prior to the 2020 season.

The 116kg middle forward made his NRL debut in Round 1 of the 2020 season and quickly established himself as a key member of the Warriors rotation, playing 19 of a possible 20 games.

Taunoa-Brown played a further 13 games for the Kiwi outfit in 2021 and two for St George Illawarra after joining the Dragons on a loan deal late in the season.
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All-time favourite movie: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Favourite athlete growing up: Greg Inglis
As a kid, what did you want to be when you were older: NRL player
What was your first job: Shop fitting
Who is your all-time favourite TV/movie character: Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
What is something you couldn’t live without: Music
What is something you think is overrated: Fast and Furious movies
What is something you think is underrated: A good night’s sleep

 

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