June 19, 2024

Amelia Huakau (Née Mafi), a former forward for the Parramatta Eels, has signed with the Wests Tigers for a two-year contract.

The recently married 28-year-old is excited to join Wests Tigers ahead of the club’s second season in the Telstra Women’s Premiership.

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Huakau made her NRLW debut for the Roosters in 2020 and started in all nine games for the Eels last season.

In 2022, she made her debut on the international scene. At the Pacific Championships last year, she represented Tonga once more.

Huakau started playing rugby league when she was 20 years old in South Auckland. In 2018, she moved to Sydney and joined the Wentworthville Magpies in the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership.

She remarked, “To be honest, I’m just speechless—this place is just amazing,” following her tour of the Wests Tigers Zurich Centre.

Everyone has been quite friendly, and I know a number of the girls from my time with the Roosters, like Sarah [Togatuki] and Bo [Vette-Welsh].

Amelia claims that she was also drawn in by West’s Tigers’ style of play.

“I love the front-foot attacking style that last year’s team had, and I’m excited to work with some of the best forwards in the women’s game and improve my game under Brett Kimmorley.”

Huakau, in head coach Kimmorley’s opinion, will strengthen an already potent pack the following season.

Kimmorley stated, “She was very good in what was a difficult campaign at her former club last season.”

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Amelia and her family to Wests Tigers.”

Wests Tigers 2024 NRLW squad:

Amelia Huakau, Botille Vette-Welsh, Brooke Talataina, Christian Pio, Claudia Nielsen, Ebony Prior, Eliza Siilata, Emily Curtain, Harmony Crichton, Imogen Gobran, Jessica Kennedy, Kezie Apps, Leianne Tufuga, Losana Lutu, Najvada George, Natasha Penitani, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Rikeya Horne, Salma Nour, Sarah Togatuki, Sophie Curtain, Tess Staines, Tiana Lee-Thorne

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