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Nik Kosef (born 6 June 1974) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played as a lock, five-eighth and second-row forward in the 1990s and 2000s. He was a state and international representative whose club career was spent with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Northern Eagles.

Nik Kosef
Personal information
Born (1974-06-06) 6 June 1974 (age 45)
Cobar, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
PositionLock, Second-row, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–99 Manly Sea Eagles 130 14 0 0 56
2000–02 Northern Eagles 28 3 0 0 12
Total 158 17 0 0 68
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997–99 New South Wales 8 1 0 0 4
1995–99 Australia 10 1 0 0 4
Source: [1]

Club careerEdit

Kosef made his first-grade debut for Manly in a round 18 match of 1992 against the Penrith Panthers. He played for the club and its related successor the Northern Eagles for ten consecutive seasons although his last three years were interrupted by injury.

He was a member of Manly's premiership winning side of season 1996 as well as the team which lost the Grand Final in 1997 to Newcastle.

Four knee injuries limited his appearances at the Northern Eagles to just ten games during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.[citation needed] Kosef made his return to the team in 2002 after sorting out a contract dispute with the club. Kosef accepted a pay-out from Manly for the final year of his contract, and he retired at the end of 2002.[2]

Representative careerEdit

Kosef first represented for the New South Wales Blues at lock in game I of the 1997 State of Origin series at the time when the game was divided by the Super League war. He held his position in all three games that year. He played in two games in the 1998 series and was in the run-on side in all three games of 1999 at lock and second-row.

Kosef made his international representative debut for Australia in the 1995 World Cup in the group match against South Africa and played in three matches in that tournament. He played in the 1996 Test against Papua New Guinea. He represented in one Test against New Zealand in 1998, in the Anzac Test of 1999 and in all three matches played against New Zealand and Great Britain in the 1999 Tri-Nations series.

Post playingEdit

Since retiring from rugby league, Kosef is a publican in Queensland.[3]



  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 294. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)


  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ "Kosef calls it a day" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 18 November 2002. Retrieved 27 July 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ Roy Masters (11 December 2006). "Cheer for fears: sporting heroes venture into the black dog's lair". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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