- 186 cm
- 106 kg
- Date of Birth:
- 12 December 1991
- Sydney, NSW
- Debut Club:
- Sydney Roosters
- Gold Coast Titans
- 31 May 2010
- Previous Clubs:
- Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders
- Junior Club:
- Hurstville United
A standout junior representative player following selection in the 2009 Australian Schoolboys, Joey Leilua would make his first-grade debut in Round 12 of the 2010 season for the Sydney Roosters — going on to play 17 matches which included an appearance in the 2010 Grand Final defeat to St. George-Illawarra.
Leilua would cap off a superb rookie season by being named in the initial squad for the New Zealand Kiwis' Four Nations campaign, but was not selected in the final team.
Resuming as a regular in the Roosters squad, Leilua would go on to play another 43 matches across the next two seasons for the Tricolours — scoring 16 tries — before inking a long-term with the Newcastle Knights for the start of the 2013 season.
He would continue to attract the eye of representative coaches in that time, first with selection in the Emerging Blues squad before dominating for NSW City Origin against Country during the season. Leilua was named as part of the extended Blues Origin squad, but was not selected in 2012 as the Maroons chalked up another series win.
Leilua would score 10 tries in his debut season for the Knights in 2013 and eventually made his representative debut for Samoa at the Rugby League World Cup.
Bringing up his 100th game the following year, Leilua would continue to shine for both the Knights and Samoa before being granted a mid-season release in 2015 to join the Canberra Raiders effective immediately.
It was at the Green Machine that Leilua's career would go to another level, with the centre forming a formidable partnership with Jordan Rapana on the right wing.
In his 91 games for the Raiders between 2015 and 2019, Leilua would chalk up 48 tries at a rate better than one try every two matches — twice winning the Dally M Centre of the Year in 2016 and 2018 and again featuring in a Grand Final as the Raiders went down to the Sydney Roosters in 2019.
Signed on a three-year deal by Wests Tigers ahead of the 2020 season, Leilua will link up with his younger brother Luciano for the first time in his career and is signed through at the club until the end of the 2022 season.
- Try Assists
- Line Breaks
- Tackle Breaks
- Tackles Made
- Missed Tackles
- Tackle Efficiency
- Average Running Metres
- Total Running Metres
- Total Points
- Average Points
2020 Season - By Round
|Round||Opponent||Score||Position||Minutes Played||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Try Assists||Linebreaks||Tackle Breaks||Post Contact Metres||Offloads||Receipts||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Total Running Metres||Hit Up Running Metres||Kick Return Metres|
|1||Dragons||Won||14 - 24||Centre||80||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||32||1||10||11||2||101||16||-|
|2||Knights||Lost||24 - 42||Centre||80||-||-||-||2||-||-||4||25||3||11||10||4||66||2||-|
Career By Season
|Year||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Win %||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Kicking Metres Average||Goal Conversion Rate||Forced Drop Outs||Try Assists||Linebreaks||Receipts||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Tackle Efficiency||Total Running Metres||Average Running Metres||Kick Return Metres||Total Points||Average Points|
|Year Start||Year End||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Win %||Tries||Goals||Points||Kicking Metres||Kicking Metres Average||Goal Conversion Rate||Forced Drop Outs||Try Assists||Linebreaks||Receipts||Tackles Made||Missed Tackles||Tackle Efficiency||Total Running Metres||Average Running Metres||Kick Return Metres||Total Points||Average Points|