Jack Afamasaga

Credit: West Rosellas/Player profile

Personal Life:

Jack Taualii Afamasaga (born June 2, 1984 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand) is a New Zealand professional Rugby League player for the Western Suburbs Rosellas in the Newcastle Rugby League competition. He also played for clubs such as the Parramatta Eels, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League (NRL), with stints in the local Queensland Cup and in France.

Afamasaga is a cousin of Hurricanes and All Blacks player Ma’a Nonu.


Professional Career:

In 2002, at age 18, and after several seasons in the Hurricanes’ youth system playing in the centres, Afamasaga was spotted by Parramatta Eels rugby league scout Mark Horo and was signed to the Australian club on a development deal.

He began playing in the junior grades at the Parramatta club during the 2003 season, impressing with his skill, power and pace. Afamasaga made his first grade debut during the 2004 season against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. He then went on to play five games for the club and showed glimpses of the great potential he possessed eventually going on to win the Eric Grothe Rookie of the Year award. During the next two seasons with the club, Afamasaga played another six games but could not hold down a permanent first-grade position.

Afamasaga was offered a new deal at the Eels at the completion of the 2006 NRL season but signed for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles instead, deciding to chase a regular first grade spot. He appeared in the 2007 Grand Final, which Manly lost to Melbourne. However, after failing to crack a regular first-grade spot in 2008 (only playing 2 matches) he was released by Manly.

Afamasaga signed to a trial deal with the Melbourne Storm for the rest of the 2011 season. Due to his signing before the June 30 deadline, Afamasaga was now free to play with the Victorian side and their feeder team on the Cronulla Sharks. He had recently been playing in France for Racing Club Lescure-Arthès XIII and played in the Queensland Cup for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in 2010.

After his stint with the Storm, Afamasaga moved to Newcastle, New South Wales to play with the Western Suburbs Rosellas for the 2012 season.



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