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Player Tuimoala Lolohea

Full Name
23 January 1995
Date of Birth
Jan 23, 1995
Birth Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
  2. 🇹🇴 Tonga
Height (cm)
179 cm
Weight (kg)
94 kg
Position/s
  1. Fullback
  2. Winger
  3. Five-Eighth
  4. Halfback
Nickname
Tui
Warrior #
192
NRL Debut Date
Jul 27, 2014
NRL Debut Details
Round 20, New Zealand Warriors vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Warriors Debut Date
Jul 27, 2014
Warriors Debut Details
Round 20 vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2014
  2. 2015
  3. 2016
  4. 2017
College/s
Kelston Boys High School
Signed To
Wests Tigers
Signed From
Marist Saints
Junior Club/s
Marist Saints
Previous Club/s
Wests Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, Huddersfield Giant
Current Club
Huddersfield Giant
Rep Honours
  1. NZ
  2. Tonga
  3. Junior Kiwi
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuimoala_Lolohea
Rugby League Project
https://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/tui-lolohea/summary.html

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Tuimoala Lolohea (born 23 January 1995) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a stand-off or fullback for the Huddersfield Giants in the Betfred Super League. He has played for both New Zealand and Tonga at international level.

Lolohea previously played for the New Zealand Warriors and the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League (NRL). He also played for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League, and spent time on loan from Leeds Rhinos at Salford during the 2019 Super League season. He has also played as a scrum-half, winger and centre in his career.

Lolohea was born in Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand, and is of Tongan and Pākehā descent.

A Marist Saints junior, Lolohea is of Tongan descent and signed with the New Zealand Warriors in 2013, playing in all 28 matches in the Holden Cup. Lolohea was named the Warriors' 2013 NYC Young Player of the Year and also played for the Junior Kiwis that year. He attended Kelston Boys’ High School.

In February, Lolohea was selected in the Warriors' 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad. He started the season playing for the Warriors 💙 Mighty NSW Cup squad.

Lolohea made his first grade debut in round 20 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, playing off the interchange bench in the Warriors 22-12 loss at Mt Smart Stadium after halfback Shaun Johnson was ruled out with injury. Lolohea played in the 2014 Holden Cup Grand Final, won by the Junior Warriors 34-32 over the Junior Brisbane Broncos.

Lolohea was again named in the Warriors' Auckland Nines squad.[10] In Round 3 against the Parramatta Eels, Lolohea scored his first NRL try in the Warriors 29-16 win at Mt Smart Stadium. On 2 May, he played fullback for Tonga against Samoa in the Polynesian Cup, in Tonga's 18-16 loss at Cbus Super Stadium. In round 18, against the Melbourne Storm, Lolohea scored one of the best tries of the 2015 season when he finished a sensational team effort; Nathan Friend was upended and displayed his best acrobatic moves when he chased a Chad Townsend bomb kick and delivered a stunning back flip pass to Sam Tomkins, the ball passed between further Warriors before Lolohea scored in the corner. Lolohea finished the season with 23 matches, 11 tries and 13 goals, while mid-season his contract was extended until the end of 2018.

Lolohea was selected in the final 23-man squad for the New Zealand Kiwis' tour of Great Britain. After injuries to Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson, the Kiwis were forced to search for a new halves pairing. Lolohea had recently been playing in the halfback role for the Warriors so he was chosen by Kearney to play at halfback with Peta Hiku. Many people were questioning the inexperience of the halves pairing but it was revealed by Stephen Kearney that the two had been training together in secret during the NRL finals to become better adapted to the situation. He played halfback in the first test against England, in the 26-12 loss at KC Stadium, but was not selected for any further games in the series.

In February, Lolohea played for the Warriors in the Auckland Nines. Starting the season playing on the wing, he finished the year mostly playing at fullback. He finished the season with 23 matches, scoring 5 tries and kicking 9 goals.

On 6 May, Lolohea was selected for Tonga to play against Fiji in the 2017 Pacific Cup, he played at five-eighth in the 26-24 win.

After playing in the first 4 rounds, Lolohea was dropped to the Warriors 💙 Mighty NSW Cup team. He subsequently attracted interest from the Wests Tigers, Canberra Raiders and the North QLD Morons Cowboys. On 27 May, Lolohea was granted a release from his contract with the Warriors. He played 52 first-grade matches for the club, scoring 17 tries and 18 goals for a total of 104 points. Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said that Lolohea was granted a release so he could play in the halves at another club.

He signed with the Wests Tigers on 29 May. Lolohea said of his move from the Warriors, "I was overweight. I was unhappy. I was struggling. Playing reserve grade on the wing probably didn't help. I was off it a little bit. I've lost six kilograms since coming here and each week I'm feeling better on the field. In the first month at the Tigers, I was struggling and my weight had a lot to do with it." He made his club debut in round 13, and remained at five-eighth for the rest of the season, also taking over goal-kicking duties. He scored 4 tries and 92 points in his 13 matches with his new club.

Returning to the Tongan rugby league team, Mate Ma'a Tonga, for the World Cup, Lolohea played in every game of the tournament at five-eighth. Tonga won five straight games before losing to England in the semi-final. Lolohea scored a try in each of the last 3 games. Considered to have played a major part in the team's success in the series, Lolohea was gifted land in Tonga as a reward. Coach Kristian Woolf said, "Jason and Tui were given land by the nobles in the villages of their families. I guess it was a reward for what they have done … it’s certainly taken the nation on an amazing ride."

With departure of James Tedesco in the off-season, Lolohea was chosen as the new fullback for round 1, and kicked the game-winning conversion to defeat the Roosters 10-8.

July 2018. It was announced that Lolohea would be departing West Tigers at the end of the season and joining the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League.

He played in the 2019 Super League Grand Final defeat by St Helens at Old Trafford.

On 17 October 2020, he played in the 2020 Challenge Cup Final defeat for Salford against Leeds at Wembley Stadium.

On 21 September 2021, it was reported that he had signed for Huddersfield in the Super League.

On 28 May, Lolohea played for Huddersfield in their 16-14 2022 Challenge Cup Final loss against Wigan. Lolohea managed only one successful conversion from five attempts in the match. In the third group stage match at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, Lolohea scored two tries in Tonga's 92-10 victory over the Cook Islands.

Lolohea played 26 matches with Huddersfield in the 2023 Super League season as the club finished ninth on the table and missed the playoffs.


 
The nearly man for me. Maybe if the club had been better in the coaching department at the time he could have developed into a steady first grade player.

Scored a blinding individual try in the 2019 ESL final that lifted the crowd and looked to have got Salford into the game, disallowed though
 
I imagine everyone of our players from previous years in this year's team coached by Webby with the pistons all firing. What he could have been is quite a dominant half. But as mentioned above we haven't patiently developed halves well.
 
I imagine everyone of our players from previous years in this year's team coached by Webby with the pistons all firing. What he could have been is quite a dominant half. But as mentioned above we haven't patiently developed halves well.
Victim of his own talent and expectations.

To me he would have made a great centre in hindsight.
 

Ex-NRL playmaker inks new contract​

He last played in the NRL in 2018.​

ETHAN LEE CHALK
WRITER | MAY 31, 2024 - 7:30AM

Former NRL playmaker Tuimoala Lolohea has made a call on his future, inking a two-year contract until the end of the 2026 season.

Lolohea's decision means he won't be returning to the NRL anytime soon. Instead, he has decided to remain overseas in the Super League with the Huddersfield Giants.

Playing in the halves and at fullback in the NRL, Lolohea decided to take his talents overseas at the start of 2019, following stints with the New Zealand Warriors (2014-17) and Wests Tigers (2017-18).

His tenure in the competition saw him make 71 first-grade appearances, scoring 228 points in the process.

Since moving to the Super League, he has played for the Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, and Huddersfield Giants, the club where he is currently playing.

"It's really exciting for me, they've been loyal to me since I joined here, and it allows me to focus on my rugby now the deal is all signed and sorted," Lolohea said in a club statement.

"This extension is a good opportunity, I'm looking forward to the next couple of years, there's 100% unfinished business for me being in a final and the top 3, we need to focus on the league as the top six isn't that far out of reach for us.

"I love playing here and in front of the supporters, they've been good to me since I joined.

"Watto (Ian Watson) gets the best out of me, and we have a good relationship, he's always been good to me so that's one of the reasons that I wanted to stay, you want to work with people who you get on well with and you feel you can play good rugby under."

While he has been a standout in both the NRL and Super League, he has also found himself playing for Tonga and New Zealand in the international arena.

Mainly playing for Tonga, Lolohea was a vital part of them making the semi-finals in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and would be gifted land in Tonga for his amazing World Cup campaign after the tournament.

"When Tui plays well, we win, even in the losses he always puts his hand up and has been one of the shining lights in our sides, he plays consistent rugby and he's one of the most consistent in the league," Huddersfield assistant coach Luke Robinson said.

"Tui's always up there in the try assisting charts and it shows how crucial he is to our side; you don't often have someone who is so consistent in creating the four pointers.

"He can create something out of nothing, and it's well deserved that he has secured his future here at the club and we're delighted to have him staying.

"You need experienced international players like Tui in your squad, it always gives you a chance against the top teams, someone like Tui who can create something out of nothing and win you a game."

 
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