Masada Iosefa

Masada Iosefa (26 January 1988 – 25 January 2021) was a Samoan professional rugby league footballer who played as a hooker in the 2000s and 2010s for the Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers in the NRL.

Masada Iosefa
MASADA IOSEFA (Australian rugby league player).jpg
Personal information
Born(1988-01-26)26 January 1988
Motoʻotua, Apia, Samoa
Died25 January 2021(2021-01-25) (aged 32)
Herbert, Northern Territory, Australia
Playing information
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
PositionHooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–11 Penrith Panthers 43 8 0 0 32
2012–13 Wests Tigers 14 3 0 0 12
Total 57 11 0 0 44
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Samoa 4 1 0 0 4
As of 30 January 2021
Source: [1]

Early lifeEdit

Born in Motoʻotua, Samoa, Iosefa emigrated to Australia at a young age. A Blacktown City RLFC junior and a student of Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown, Iosefa has said of his younger years, "I was a little gangster. I guess it doesn't matter now but I grew up with a lot of guys and all they knew was crime. I just blended in with them and got caught up with it a bit. I was just hanging out on the streets. Doing the wrong thing. It is a pretty rough place and the kids just hang out and get into trouble. Not massive trouble but it can go that way. I was caught up with it. I was really close to getting locked away for a while."[2]

Iosefa was a cousin of the four Mata'utia brothers; Chanel Mata'utia, Sione Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia and Peter Mata'utia.

Playing careerEdit

In 2008, Iosefa made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers. He played with the Panthers in the following three years making 43 appearances, almost all from the bench, and scoring eight tries.

In 2012, he joined the Mount Pritchard Mounties in the NSW Cup, a feeder team for the Canberra Raiders. Iosefa was picked up as a mid-season recruit by the Wests Tigers, as back-up for hooker Robbie Farah. Playing hooker or from the bench, he made nine appearances for 2012, the last seven of which were losses. He was also a member of the feeder team Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers side that lost the NSW Cup grand final.[3]

Early in 2013, it was reported that Iosefa had been offered a contract with the New Zealand Warriors, with the Wests Tigers unwilling to release him as they needed a backup for hooker Farah.[4]

Representative careerEdit

Iosefa was named in both the Samoan and New Zealand training squads for the 2008 World Cup; however, he did not end up making either final side.[5][6]

In 2009, Iosefa was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup.[7]

In April 2013, Iosefa played for Samoa in a test match against rivals Tonga in Penrith. Later in the year, Samoa selected him to play in Samoa's 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign. However, just before the tournament kicked off, he was forced out of the side after suffering an injury.

Post-playing career and deathEdit

Following his playing career, Iosefa was employed as a youth worker in Rockhampton, Queensland.[8]

On 25 January 2021, a day short of his 33rd birthday, Iosefa died after being involved in a quad bike accident in Herbert, a rural locality of Darwin, Northern Territory.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Masada Iosefa - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ James Phelps (18 July 2012). "How Masada Iosefa beat a life of crime". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  3. ^ Wayne Cousins (30 September 2012). "Tigers go down fighting to Jets in NSW Cup Grand Final". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  4. ^ Josh Massoud (25 March 2013). "Cash offer to silence ex-Shark". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  6. ^ "Kiwis select Sonny Bill". Sky Sports. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  7. ^ Poching names strong Samoan squad Archived 2009-10-10 at the Wayback Machine therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009
  8. ^ "Former NRL player dies in Top End quad bike crash". The Courier-Mail. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  9. ^ The Mole (26 January 2021). "Former Penrith and Tigers hooker Masada Iosefa dies after quad bike accident". Nine Network. Retrieved 26 January 2021.

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