Jarome Luai Biography

Jarome Luai is a rugby league player for Samoa who was born on January 16, 1997. He now plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League (NRL) as either a five-eighth or a halfback. He led the Penrith club to the NRL championship in 2021 and 2022, both of which they won. Luai competed for Samoa in the 2017 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

 

Background 

Luai was born in Sydney, Australia, and he is of Mori (Tainui) and America Samoan descent. His paternal grandparents, who are originally from Palauli, are his America Samoan ancestors.

Before being signed by the Penrith Panthers, he was a member of the St. Mary’s Saints, where he played junior rugby league.

Playing career 

Early career 

Between the years of 2015 and 2017, Luai participated in 33 matches for the Penrith Panthers in the National Youth Competition. During that time, he scored 13 tries and kicked 43 goals. Luai was a member of the Penrith football team that competed in the New South Wales Cup during part of the 2017 season. In May of 2017, Luai was the captain of the Junior Kiwis, and he scored a try in their loss to the Junior Kangaroos by a score of 46–22. Luai was the only member of the Samoan team at the 2017 World Cup who did not have any previous experience playing in the NRL. He made an educated guess about why he was picked and said, “I think you’ll find Tyrone May was in the squad initially but owing to his injury there was a position for me.” On November 4, 2017, Luai competed in his first ever Test match, which was against Tonga.

 

2018 

As a result of an injury sustained by Nathan Cleary, Luai was given the opportunity to make his debut in the National Rugby League (NRL) in round 4 of the 2018 NRL season off the interchange bench. On the day of the game, however, he was replaced by Wayde Egan, who was also making his first appearance with the team. Luai made his first appearance in the National Rugby League in round 10 against the Newcastle Knights. He came off the bench and played a total of 26 minutes in the game. As a result of Nathan Cleary and James Maloney having to play for their respective State of Origin teams, Luai got the nod to start at halfback in his second NRL game, which took place in round 17. His performance in the game, which featured two tries and three try assists, received a lot of plaudits from the media after the team won by a score of 36–4.

 

2019 

In the 2019 National Rugby League season, Luai played for Penrith, which finished 10th in the standings and did not make the playoffs for the first time in four years. Luai made a total of 13 games for the club. Luai also played hooker for Samoa in their victory over PNG, which ended with a score of 24-6. And played halfback in their loss to Fiji, which was 44-18.

2020 

Luai had a breakout season for Penrith, in which he participated in 23 games, scored seven tries, and assisted on 23 more touchdowns. As a result, the Penrith team won the Minor Premiership and advanced to the NRL Grand Final in 2020. Luai participated in the grand final, which was played against the Melbourne Storm and was ultimately lost 26–20. Luai earned a position in the New South Wales State of Origin 27-man squad as a result of his strong play during the season, however he was not selected to participate in any of the three games that comprised the series.

2021 

On the 30th of May, New South Wales announced that they would be using him in game 1 of the 2021 State of Origin series. Luai made his first appearance for New South Wales in game 1, which resulted in a 50-6 victory over Queensland. Luai was a member of the New South Wales side that won the series for 2021 by defeating Queensland 26-0 and claiming victory on the 27th of June. However, due to a knee injury that he sustained during Penrith’s victory over the Parramatta Eels in round 16, he will not be able to participate in game three of the series.

Luai participated in a total of 25 NRL games for Penrith during the 2021 season, one of which was the club’s triumphant performance in the 2021 NRL Grand Final against South Sydney.

 

2022 

Luai contributed two tries to Penrith’s 32-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters in round 11 of the NRL season 2022. The match took place in Australia. [23] On May 29th, Luai found out that New South Wales had chosen him to participate in the first game of the 2022 State of Origin series.