David Solomona

David Joseph Solomona[4] (born 26 January 1978) is a former professional rugby league footballer, who last played for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League.[2][3] He was regularly amongst the top off-loaders in the competition.

David Solomona
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Personal information
Full nameDavid Joseph Solomona
Born (1978-01-26) 26 January 1978 (age 43)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb) [1]
PositionSecond-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–00 Sydney Roosters 21 3 0 0 12
2001–03 Parramatta Eels 57 6 0 0 24
2004–06 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 76 26 0 0 104
2007–09 Bradford Bulls 60 21 0 0 84
2010–12 Warrington Wolves 65 19 1 0 78
Total 279 75 1 0 302
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–10 Samoa 7 3 0 0 12
2001–06 New Zealand 13 0 0 0 0
Source: [2][3]

BackgroundEdit

Solomona was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is of Samoan and Egyptian descent. He attended St. Paul's College, Auckland, a school known for consistently producing the best rugby league team in the national secondary school competition.

National Rugby LeagueEdit

Solomona started his career in Australia with the Sydney City Roosters making his first grade debut in round 16 of the 1999 NRL season against Melbourne. He played from the interchange bench for the Roosters in their 2000 NRL grand final loss to the Brisbane Broncos. He played for Samoa in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.[5]

In 2001, Solomona signed for Parramatta. He played 25 games for the club in the 2001 NRL season as the club were runaway Minor Premiers and set a number of point scoring records. Solomona played for the Parramatta Eels from the interchange bench in their shock 2001 NRL Grand Final loss to the Newcastle Knights at Stadium Australia.[6][7][8]

Super LeagueEdit

Solomona spent three years at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Heritage № 1217) where his skills helped keep them in the Super League. In 2004 he was named in the Super League Dream Team. He helped New Zealand to defeat Australia to win the 2005 Rugby League Tri Nations tournament.

Solomona signed for the Bradford Bulls on 24 October 2006 for the 2007 season. He was the Bulls only ever-present player in 2007, making 32 appearances in his first year at the club. Blessed with tremendous ball handling skills he also has the ability to score tries himself and he scored 14 tries in 2007, including a hat trick.

Solomona missed the first 5 games of 2008 due to injury picked up in pre-season. He again represented Samoa in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[9]

Solomona played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium.[10][11]

Solomona continued to feature in the Warrington Wolves squad throughout the 2011 season. He was mainly brought on as a replacement making good use of his strength and ball handling skills to make in-roads into the opposing defence. His tenure with the Warrington Wolves came to a close due to an injury he suffered in the 2012 season, causing him to retire before returning to Australia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The official Engage Super League web site". web page. Super League. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "SOLOMONA, DAVID JOSEPH 2001 – 2002, 2005 – 2006 – KIWI #693". nzleague.co.nz. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Men's Honour Roll". Sydney Roosters.
  6. ^ "Official Player Numbers". Parramatta Eels.
  7. ^ "Knights draw 2001 grand final inspiration". NRL.com.
  8. ^ "Parramatta Eels: Five times they should have been set for a big season but flopped". Fox Sports.
  9. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  10. ^ Scott, Ged (28 August 2010). "Leeds 6–30 Warrington". BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  11. ^ Wilson, Andy (28 August 2010). "Chris Hicks hat-trick leads Warrington to Challenge Cup triumph over Leeds". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2019.

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