Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Nelson Asofa-Solomona (born 29 February 1996) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL and New Zealand at international level.[1]

Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Personal information
Born (1996-02-29) 29 February 1996
Wellington, New Zealand
Height200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015– Melbourne Storm 105 16 0 0 64
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017– New Zealand 5 1 0 0 4
As of 1 October 2019
Source: [1][2]

Asofa-Solomona won the 2017 NRL Grand Final with the Storm.

Early life

Asofa-Solomona was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and is of Samoan and Irish descent.[3]

Asofa-Solomona grew up playing rugby union for Upper Hutt Rugby Football Club before playing rugby league. He played his junior rugby league for the Upper Hutt Tigers and Wellington Orcas junior representative team whilst playing rugby union at Wellington College. He was then signed by the Melbourne Storm at 15-years of age.

He is the first cousin of New Zealand Warriors wing Ken Maumalo.[4]

Personal life

Asofa-Solomona briefly trialled veganism, however found it did not work with his dietary requirements. Asofa-Solomona has, on multiple occasions, spoken of the influences his family has had on him throughout the years. In 2018, he stated that being able to provide for his family was one of the main perks of playing Rugby League for the Melbourne Storm [5]. Asofa-Solomona has several tattoos, notably two Samoan designs - one on his right leg and one covering his right forearm. He has stated that the flowers in his leg design are a tribute to his sisters and the women in his life. Asofa-Solomona has two dogs.[6] As of 2018, Asofa-Solomona is in a relationship with Georgia Wright. [7] [8]

Playing career


In 2014, Asofa-Solomona played for the Melbourne Storm's NYC team.[9] On 2 September, he was named at second-row in the 2014 NYC Team of the Year.[10] On 18 October, he played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos at second-row in the Kiwis' 15-14 win at Mount Smart Stadium.[11]


In 2015, Asofa-Solomona graduated to the Storm's Queensland Cup team, Sunshine Coast Falcons.[12] In Round 8 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, playing off the interchange bench in the Storms' 12-10 loss at AAMI Park.[13][14][15] On 2 May, he again played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos, playing at prop in the Kiwis' 22-20 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[16][17] In Round 20 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, he scored his first NRL career try in the Storm's 22-4 win at McLean Park.[18] He finished off his debut year in the NRL having played in 12 matches and scoring 1 try.[19]


On 1 February, Asofa-Solomona was named in the Storm's 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[20] Asofa-Solomona finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 15 matches for the Storm.


In February 2017, Asofa-Solomona was named in the Storm squad for the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines.[21] In April 2017, Asofa-Solomona was called into the New Zealand Kiwis squad with a view to making his international debut against the Kangaroos but had to withdraw due to a hand injury.[22] On 6 July 2017, Asofa-Solomona extended his contract with the Melbourne Storm to the end of the 2019 season.[23] On 1 October 2017, in the Storm’s 2017 NRL Grand Final match against the North Queensland Cowboys, Asofa-Solomona played off the interchange bench in the 34-6 victory.[24][25] Asofa-Solomona finished his successful 2017 NRL season with him playing in 26 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Storm. On 5 October 2017, Asofa-Solomona was named in the New Zealand Kiwis 24-man squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[26] On 28 October 2017, Asofa-Solomona made his international test debut for New Zealand against Samoa, where he played off the interchange bench and scored 1 try in the 38-8 win at Mt Smart Stadium.[27]


Asofa-Solomona was part of the victorious 2018 World Club Challenge and was awarded Man of the Match award. He was also part of the Melbourne Storm team that played in the 2018 NRL Grand Final. Asofa-Solomona was nominated for Dally M Prop of the year in 2018. Asofa-Solomona was part of the New Zealand national rugby league team tour of Denver, Colorado, in June 2018. It was the first time that Asofa-Solomona had played in a team with cousin, Ken Maumalo, professionally.


Asofa-Solomona was awarded 2 Dally M points for his round one appearance in the win against the Brisbane Broncos[28]. He won a popular vote for tackle of the round for his hit on Matt Gillett[29]. Round two saw Asofa-Solomona score his first try of the season[30].





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