Jahrome Hughes

Jahrome Hughes (born 8 October 1994) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL, and the New Zealand Māori and New Zealand at international level

Jahrome Hughes
Personal information
Born (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994
Wellington, New Zealand
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Playing information
PositionFullback, Halfback, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Gold Coast Titans 1 0 0 0 0
2016 North Qld Cowboys 1 1 0 0 4
2017– Melbourne Storm 39 15 0 0 60
Total 41 16 0 0 64
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2019 New Zealand Māori 1 0 0 0 0
2019– New Zealand 3 1 0 0 4
As of 1 October 2019
Source: [1]

He previously played for the Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League.

Early life

Hughes was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and is of Māori descent.

He played junior rugby league for the Harbour City Eagles.

In 2008, Hughes moved to the Gold Coast, where he played for the Tugun Seahawks and Currumbin Eagles. He was educated at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School.

Playing career

Early career

Hughes played for the Sydney Roosters SG Ball Cup team before being signed by the Gold Coast Titans in 2012.[2] He played for the Titans' NYC team from 2012 to 2014.


In Round 17 of the 2013 NRL season, Hughes made his NRL debut for the Gold Coast Titans against the Panthers at Darwin.[3] In 2014, he spent the season in the NYC and was released by the Titans at the end of the year.


Hughes joined the new Intrust Super Cup side, the Townsville Blackhawks.[4] In September, he was named at fullback in the inaugural Intrust Super Cup Team of the Year. Hughes was named Blackhawks' Best Back and Players' Player.[5]

In October, Hughes signed a one-year contract with the North Queensland Cowboys.[6]


On 8 May, Hughes represented the Queensland Residents against the New South Wales Residents, playing at fullback and scoring a try in the 16-30 win.[7] In Round 12, Hughes made his North Queensland Cowboys debut in Wollongong, scoring a try in the 10-14 loss to the Dragons.[8] On 30 June, he signed a 2-year contract with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2017.[9]

On 3 September Hughes was named in the Queensland Cup Team of the Year at fullback for the second straight year.[10]


In round 16, Hughes made his Melbourne Storm debut against the Roosters at Adelaide on 24 June.


At season end Hughes was selected for the New Zealand national rugby league team.


With the retirement of Billy Slater and injury to Scott Drinkwater, Hughes began the season playing the full time as the Melbourne Storm fullback role. Mid season with consistent performances for the Storm, Hughes made his international debut for New Zealand Kiwis against Tonga. He scored a try on debut and played off the bench.

Achievements and accolades


Queensland Cup Team of the Year: 2015, 2016

New Zealand International : 2019



Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2013 Gold Coast 10000
2016 North Queensland 11004
Career totals 2 1 0 0 4


  1. "Jahrome Hughes - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 8 October 1994. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. "Blackhawks fullback Jahrome Hughes close to NRL deal". Townsville Bulletin. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20131203014708/http://www.titans.com.au/news-display/The-Late-Mail-Titans-vs-Panthers/78861. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Jahrome Hughes « Mendi Townsville & Districts Blackhawks RLFC". Blackhawkstsv.com.au. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. "Award Winners – Presentation Night 2015 « Mendi Townsville & Districts Blackhawks RLFC". Blackhawkstsv.com.au. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  6. "Blackhawks fullback Jahrome Hughes earns Cowboys contract". Townsville Bulletin. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  7. Nunn, Michael. "NSW too strong in Residents match". QRL. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  8. NRL. "Dragons hold out brave". Cowboys. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  9. "Storm trump Titans to sign youngster Hughes". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  10. http://www.qrl.com.au/news/2016/08/31/chudleigh_wins_couri.html
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