Leilani Latu

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Leilani Latu (born 5 February 1993) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League. He plays at second-row and prop.


Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Latu is of Tongan[1] and Indigenous Australian[2] descent and played his junior rugby league for St. John Eagles, Punchbowl, before being signed by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Playing career

Early career

In 2011 and 2012, Latu played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' NYC team,[3] before moving on to the Bullldogs' New South Wales Cup team in 2013.[4] In 2014, he joined the Penrith Panthers on a 2-year contract.[5]


On 3 May, Latu played for the New South Wales Residents against the Queensland Residents.[6] In Round 21 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Panthers against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[7][8] On 14 September, he re-signed with the Panthers on a 2-year contract.[9] On 25 September, he was named in the Tongan preliminary train-on squad for the Asia-Pacific Qualifier match for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[1] On 27 September, he was named at lock in the 2015 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year.[10] On 9 October, Leilani was named in the final 18-man Tongan team for the Asia-Pacific Qualifier.[11] Come game day however he didn't make an appearance after he was replaced by 18th man David Fifita.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tonga named preliminary train-on squad". NRL.com. 2015-09-25. http://www.nrl.com/tonga-named-preliminary-train-on-squad/tabid/10874/newsid/90108/default.aspx. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  2. "Close the Gap - Close the Gap's Photos". Facebook. 2014-10-08. https://www.facebook.com/closethegapcampaign/photos/pb.154846511269702.-2207520000.1419706388./742036042550743/?_rdr=p&source=54&type=1. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  3. "L". Nyc Database. http://nycdatabase.org/players/l/. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  4. "St George Illawarra Dragons". Jubilee Avenue. http://jubileeavenue.com.au/news.php?newsid=23540. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  5. "Penrith Panthers recruitment news for 2014". Zero Tackle. 16 October 2013. http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/penrith-panthers-recruitment-news-for-2014-11377/. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  6. "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 28 April 2015. http://www.nrl.com/representative-round-team-lists/tabid/10874/newsid/85557/default.aspx. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  7. "Updated: Round 21 NRL team lists". NRL.com. http://www.nrl.com/updated-round-21-nrl-team-lists/tabid/10874/newsid/88432/default.aspx. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  8. "NRL Late Mail: Panthers v Souths – Panthers". Penrithpanthers.com.au. http://www.penrithpanthers.com.au/news/2015/08/02/nrl_late_mail_panthe.html. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  9. "Panthers lock up Leilani Latu | NRL". Zero Tackle. 14 September 2015. http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/panthers-lock-up-leilani-latu-19020/#lzqcyFBRLm0lThtZ.97. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  10. "2015 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year". NSWRL. http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2015/09/27/_2015_vb_nsw_cup_tea.html. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  11. "Tonga finalise squad for World Cup Qualifier". asiapacificrl.com. 2015-10-09. http://www.asiapacificrl.com/2015/10/09/tonga-finalise-squad-for-world-cup-qualifier/. Retrieved 2015-10-21.

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