John Palavi – Wikipedia

New Zealand rugby league footballer

John Palavi
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Personal information

Born (1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 29)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)

Playing information

Position Lock, Second-row

As of 10 February 2018

John Palavi is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Tweed Heads Seagulls in the Queensland Cup. He previously played for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL and the Limoux Grizzlies in the Elite One Championship.[3][4]


Palavi is of Tongan descent, attended St Paul’s College and played for the Richmond Rovers and Point Chevalier Pirates.[5][6]

Playing career[edit]

He was then signed by the New Zealand Warriors and played in the National Youth Competition between 2010 and 2012. In 2011 he was part of the Junior Warriors side who won the grand final. That year he was named the club’s NYC Player of the Year[7] and also was named in the Junior Kiwis side.[8]

In 2013 he played for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup and was named the Vulcan’s Rookie of the Year.[9]

He made the Warriors first grade squad in 2014 and was named to make his National Rugby League debut in round one.[10]

In 2015 he became captain for the New Zealand Warriors New South Wales Cup side. On 27 September, he was named on the interchange bench in the 2015 New South Wales Cup Team of the Year.[11]

He was released by the Warriors at the end of the 2016 season and joined the Limoux Grizzlies in the Elite One Championship.[12][13][14]

Palavi signed with the Tweed Heads Seagulls for the 2019 season, and is on a train and trial contract with the Gold Coast Titans. [15]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ itsrugby
  3. ^

    “Official Intrust Super Cup profile of John Palavi for Norths Devils”. Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

  4. ^ “League: Palavi stirs up a lot of palaver”. The New Zealand Herald. 7 March 2014. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ “Tonga name 58-man squad for Cook Islands qualifier”. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  6. ^ “Rangatahi > Our Students > Rangatahi Pacific > John Palavi”. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  7. ^ “Afoa club’s NYC player of the year”. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  8. ^ “League: Junior Kiwis dominated by NYC grand finalist”. NZ Herald. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  9. ^ “Matagi takes top honours at ARL awards”. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  10. ^ “NRL: Palavi earns Warriors start”. NZ Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  11. ^ “2015 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year”. NSWRL. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  12. ^ “League: D-Day looming for McFadden”. 11 September 2016 – via New Zealand Herald.
  13. ^ “Limoux avec le renfort de John Palavi”.
  14. ^ “Le XIII Limouxin doit assurer face à Toulouse avant une trêve bienvenue”.
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