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Wes Naiqama (born 19 October 1982) is a Fijian Australian former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the London Broncos in the English Championship. He won 14 caps for the Fiji national rugby league team.[4] He primarily plays centre, fullback and wing, but can also fill in at second-row. He is the older brother of Wests Tigers player and fellow Fiji international, Kevin Naiqama.[5]

Contents

1 Background 2 Playing career

2.1 Early career 2.2 St. George Illawarra Dragons 2.3 Newcastle Knights 2.4 Penrith Panthers 2.5 London Broncos

3 Representative career 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External links

Background[edit] Born in Sutherland, New South Wales. Playing career[edit] Early career[edit] Naiqama played his junior football for the Arncliffe Scots and attended James Cook Boys Technology High School before being signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons. In 2002, he scored 38 points, 5 tries and 9 goals in a Jersey Flegg game for the Dragons against the North Sydney Bears. St. George Illawarra Dragons[edit] In Round 4 of the 2005 NRL season he made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Canberra Raiders.[6]

Naiqama in 2012 playing for the Newcastle Knights in the NSW Cup.

Newcastle Knights[edit] In 2007, Naiqama signed a contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2008, to be a part of the new Brian Smith era at the Knights. In 2008, Naiqama regularly started in the centres or at fullback. He was also chosen as the replacement goal kicker after Kurt Gidley. He was frequently used as a bench utility player in 2009 and 2010 before gaining his spot back in the starting team in 2011, playing in career best form as a centre or fullback. In Round 16 of the 2011 season, Naiqama got the chance to captain the Newcastle Knights for the first time after captain Kurt Gidley and vice-captain Jarrod Mullen were both injured at the same time. He again was named captain in Round 17. In June 2011, after career best form, Naiqama re-signed with the Knights for 3-years after rejecting a contract with his former club, the St. George Illawarra Dragons.[7] In 2012, after injuries and form loss, Naiqama was dropped to NSW Cup after Round 9 by new Knights coach Wayne Bennett. Penrith Panthers[edit] On 13 July 2012, Naiqama was released from the remaining two years of his contract with the Newcastle Knights and signed a 2-year contract with the Penrith Panthers starting in 2013.[8] London Broncos[edit] On 27 August 2014, Naiqama signed a 2-year contract with the London Broncos in the 2015 Kingstone Press Championship. On 21 December 2015, Naiqama became the captain of London Broncos.[9]

Naiqama playing for Fiji in 2008

Representative career[edit] Naiqama made his Fiji debut in 2006. In 2008, Naiqama was named in the Fiji squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[10] On 3 November 2011, the annual RLIF Awards dinner was held at the Tower of London and Naiqama was named Fiji's Player of the Year.[11] He was named vice-captain for Fiji's 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign.[12] In October 2014, Naiqama captained Fiji in their Hayne/Mannah Cup test match against Lebanon. Personal life[edit] In December 2006, Naiqama was arrested but not charged over an alleged assault in Sydney's King Cross.[13] His relationship with Australian/Fijian pop star Paulini Curuenavuli ended in 2006 with domestic violence speculations, and the singer has admitted to writing a song about the situation and abuse.[14] On 28 February 2007, Naiqama was convicted by a Sydney court for driving a car while his license was disqualified. The court sentenced Naiqama to serve a maximum of eight months periodic detention, with a non-parole period of four months. This was the fourth time Naiqama had been convicted of such an offence.[15][16] References[edit]

^ Rugby League Project ^ loverugbyleague ^ "Elusive Naiqama even has his mates guessing". Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-09-14. Retrieved 2008-07-28.  ^ Keeble, Brett (3 September 2010). "Knights name Kevin Naiqama to make NRL debut". Newcastle Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 October 2010.  ^ "YOUNG GUN GETS FIRST RUN". Newcastle Knights. 03-09-2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-17.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ http://www.rleague.com//db/player/n/naiqama_wes/index.php ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/nrl-premiership/wes-naiqama-re-signs-with-newcastle-knights-on-a-new-three-year-deal/story-fn2mcuj6-1226084329481 ^ "Knights Release Wes Naiqama". Newcastle Knights. Retrieved 13 July 2012.  ^ "Naiqama named Broncos captain Total Rugby League". www.totalrl.com. Retrieved 2016-02-13.  ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  ^ "Slater scoops player award". Sky Sports. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2015.  ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 2006. "Dragons' Naiqama lands in trouble again" ^ [1] ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2007. "Weekends off for league: Naiqama gets PD" ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2007. Story: "Wes Naiqama gets sentence reduced on appeal"[2]

External links[edit]

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Fiji World Cup Squad – 2008 Rugby League World Cup Semi Finalists

Bradley-Qalilawa Bukuya Divavesi Groom Hayne Koroi Macilai Millard Naiqama Nauqe Noilea Sadrau Sims Storer Sukanaveita Tadulala Tora Uate Vonomatairatu Wesele Coach: Dakuitoga

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Fiji World Cup Squad – 2013 Rugby League World Cup

Botiki Bukuya Civoniceva(c) Evans Groom Jegesa Koroibete Koroisau D.Millard R.Millard K.Naiqama W.Naiqama Nauqe Noilea Noke Radradra Roqica A.Sims K.Sims T.Sims Storer Uate Vunakece Waqa Coach: Stone

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London Broncos

Established 1980 in London, England

The Club

History Records Honours International representative players Players Coaches

Home grounds

Craven Cottage Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Chiswick Polytechnic Sports Ground Barnet Copthall The Valley Griffin Park The Stoop The Hive Trailfinders Sports Ground

Hall of Fame

Reg Bowden Peter Gill Tony Gourley Mark Johnson Hussein M'Barki Martin Offiah Rob Purdham Tony Rea Steele Retchless Scott Roskell

League

Championship

Honours

1982-83 Rugby Football League Championship Second Division Champions Super League II runners-up 1999 Challenge Cup runners-up

Seasons

1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1989/90 1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Coaches

Reg Bowden Ross Strudwick Tony Currie (1996–1998) Dan Stains (1999) Tony Rea / Les Kiss (1999) John Monie (2000) Tony Rea (2000–2006) Brian McDermott (2006-2010) Rob Powell (2011-2012) Tony Rea (2012-2014) Joey Grima (2014-2015) Andrew Henderson (2015-2017) Danny Ward (2018-)

Captains

Mark McLinden (2005) Rob Purdham (2006–2011) Craig Gower (2012-2013) Tony Clubb (2013) Antonio Kaufusi (2013) Matt Cook (2014) Richard Mathers (2015) Nick Slyney (2015) Wes Naiqama (2016) Daniel Harrison (2017) Jay Pitts (2018-)

Culture

Super League Founding Member

Affiliation

Rugby Foot

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