Junior Tia-Kilifi

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Junior Tia-Kilifi (JTK) (born 24 April 1988 in New Zealand) is a rugby league player who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League, and previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. He is a Samoan international. Tia-Kilifi usually plays on the wing or as a centre. He attended Chifley College in Mt Druitt and St Dominics College in Penrith and played for the school team.[1] Tia-Kilifi played his junior footy for the Minchinbury Jets.

Playing career

Tia-Kilifi made his debut with the Penrith Panthers in 2009, but left the club at the end of the season to sign a two year contract with the Bulldogs, commencing at the start of the 2010 season.[2]

Since joining the Bulldogs, Tia-Kilifi mostly played for their feeder side in the NSW Cup. At the end of the 2011 season, he moved back to the Panthers in a one year contract.[3] He then renewed his contract for another season.

International career

Tia-Kilifi was called up for the Samoa national rugby league team in 2006, but never played.[4]

On 8 September 2014, Tia-Kilifi was named in the Samoa train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations, [5] but didn’t make the final 24 man squad.


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