Willie Tonga

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Villiami Sione Tonga
Born
Monday, 8th August, 1983
Current Age
40 years and 296 days
Place Of Birth
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Centre Of The Year
2004

Known Family Links

Brother
Esikeli Tonga

Biography

Canberra-born but a Queensland junior (from the Aboriginal settlement of Cherbourg) Willie Tonga could not cement a first grade position as a centre in his two seasons with P’matta before shifting to the Bulldogs in 2004. His good early season form – using his pace and strength to find the shortest way to the tryline – saw him called into Queensland’s second State of Origin team. A try-scorer on debut in the Maroons’ 22-18 win at Suncorp Stadium Tonga went on to top the Bulldogs’ try-scoring list that year with 18 tries in 27 matches. A member of the Bulldogs’ grand final-winning team he gained selection in Australia’s Tri Nations squad. Tonga stamped himself as the best centre in Australia when he played in all five Tests in England and scoring two tries in Australia’s 44-4 thrashing of Great Britain in the final. Injuries in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons limited his chances for further rep honours.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL Premiership 181 78 -   - 312 83 97 1 45.86% List
State of Origin 8 3 -   - 12 6 2 0 75.00% List
NRL Finals 7 4 -   - 16 3 4 0 42.86% List
Tri-Nations 5 3 -   - 12 3 1 1 60.00% List
World Club Challenge 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Anzac Tests 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
Australia PM XIII Annual 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List
Four Nations 4 3 -   - 12 3 1 0 75.00% List
All Stars 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Super League 21 6 -   - 24 8 11 2 38.10% List
Challenge Cup 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
UK Second Division 3 1 -   - 4 2 1 0 66.67% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 2004-05, 2010-11 11 8 -   - 32 8 2 1 72.73% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 2004 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
QLD 2004, 2009-11 8 3 -   - 12 6 2 0 75.00% List
Indigenous 2011 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall2004-2011 9 3 0   0 12 6 3 0 66.67% List


Club Career

NRL Premiership - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta NRL 2002 5 2 -   - 8 0 4 1 0.00% List
Parramatta NRL 2003 3 2 -   - 8 0 3 0 0.00% List
Bulldogs NRL 2004 27 18 -   - 72 21 6 0 77.78% List
Bulldogs NRL 2005 8 3 -   - 12 3 5 0 37.50% List
Bulldogs NRL 2006 16 8 -   - 32 11 5 0 68.75% List
Bulldogs NRL 2007 23 5 -   - 20 11 12 0 47.83% List
Bulldogs NRL 2008 7 3 -   - 12 3 4 0 42.86% List
North Qld NRL 2009 19 12 -   - 48 9 10 0 47.37% List
North Qld NRL 2010 21 12 -   - 48 4 17 0 19.05% List
North Qld NRL 2011 20 10 -   - 40 11 9 0 55.00% List
Parramatta NRL 2012 12 1 -   - 4 2 10 0 16.67% List
Parramatta NRL 2013 4 - -   - - 0 4 0 0.00% List
Parramatta NRL 2014 16 2 -   - 8 8 8 0 50.00% List

NRL Premiership - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 2002-03, 2012-14 40 7 -   - 28 10 29 1 25.00% List
Bulldogs 2004-08 81 37 -   - 148 49 32 0 60.49% List
North Qld 2009-11 60 34 -   - 136 24 36 0 40.00% List
Overall2002-2014 181 78 0   0 312 83 97 1 45.86% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Catalans 2015 19 6 -   - 24 8 9 2 42.11% List
Leigh 2016 ? 1 -   - 4  
Leigh 2017 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List
Bradford 2017 ? - -   - -  

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Catalans 2015 19 6 -   - 24 8 9 2 42.11% List
Leigh 2016-17 6 1 -   - 4 3 3 0 50.00% List
Overall2015-2017 ? 7 0   0 28 ? ? ? ?  

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson, Alan Katzmann, Max Turner, Greg Fiveash, AJ Lucantonio, Bill Bates, Paul Carter

Sources: David Middleton's Rugby League Yearbook (1987-88 to present), 2006 Official Rugby League Annual