Jake Friend

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Jake Friend
Jake Friend Kangaroos.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJake Friend
Born (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 30)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008– Sydney Roosters 263 27 0 1 109
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–16 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 0 0 0
2016 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2017 World All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
2020 Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
As of 19 November 2020
Source: [1]

Jake Friend (born 4 February 1990) is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker and is the co-captain of the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, and has played for Australia at international level.

He has played for the Prime Minister's XIII and the World All Stars.


Friend was born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia.

Junior career[edit]

The Noosa Pirates junior joined the Roosters on a scholarship when he was 15 and, in 2008, progressed from SG Ball through to Toyota Cup to the NRL in just four months.

First grade career[edit]

Friend made his first grade debut for the Sydney Roosters against Canterbury-Bankstown in round 16 of the 2008 NRL season. In the 2009 NRL season, Friend played 21 games for the club as they finished last on the table for the first time since 1966.[2]

Friend finished the 2010 NRL season as the Roosters starting Hooker in the 2010 NRL Grand Final. However the Roosters were defeated 32-8 by St. George at Telstra Stadium.

Friend playing for the Roosters

Friend's good form continued in 2011 and despite a lacklustre year by the team, he was awarded the club's highest individual honour, the Jack Gibson Medal, after a season of consistent performances.

2013 was a true breakout season for Friend. he maintained a high work rate in defence with an average of 37 tackles a game. He played for the Roosters in their 2013 NRL Grand Final win over Manly-Warringah at ANZ Stadium.[3]

He continued his form in 2014, which started with a starring role for the Sydney Roosters in the 2014 World Club Challenge at hooker, where he was named man of the match in the Australian premiers' 36-14 World Champion victory over Wigan in Sydney. He also won the Ashton Collier medal for Man of the Match in the 2014 ANZAC Game between the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Friend was part of the Eastern Suburbs sides which made preliminary final appearances in 2015 and 2017 but fell short of a grand final appearance on both occasions. In 2018, Friend was part of the side which won their 4th minor premiership in 6 seasons. On 30 September 2018, Friend co-captained Easts in the 2018 NRL Grand Final victory over Melbourne.[4]

At the start of the 2019 NRL season, Friend scored a try for the Sydney Roosters in the club's round 1 defeat against arch rivals South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In round 3, Friend was taken from the field with a shoulder injury in the club's 32-18 win over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium. Friend returned to the Easts team for the ANZAC Day match against St George but suffered a torn right bicep and was ruled out for 10 weeks. Friend returned to the Easts side in Round 17 against North Queensland at the Central Coast Stadium. Friend scored a try in a 15-12 defeat.[5][6] The following week against Newcastle, Friend was taken from the field during the club's 48-10 victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a fracture to his forearm. Subsequent scans revealed that Friend was ruled out for 8 weeks.[7]

Friend made only 6 appearances for the Sydney Roosters in the 2019 NRL season as the club reached the 2019 NRL Grand Final against Canberra. Friend was a late inclusion for the grand final team after coach Trent Robinson decided to replace Zane Tetevano with Friend. The Sydney Roosters would go on to win the final 14-8 and claim their second consecutive premiership. The premiership victory was Friend's third as a player.[8][9]

On 22 February 2020, Friend played for the Sydney Roosters in their 2020 World Club Challenge victory defeating St Helens R.F.C. 20-12.[10]

Friend played 19 games for the Sydney Roosters in the 2020 NRL season. The club fell short of a third successive premiership losing to Canberra in the elimination final.[11]

On 4 November 2020, Friend made his debut for Queensland in the 2020 State of Origin series as they won 18-14 in an upset victory at Adelaide Oval.

Representative career[edit]

In 2016, he was selected in Australia's 2016 Four Nations squad as a back-up hooker for captain; Cameron Smith. Friend made his international debut against Scotland off the interchange bench.


  • NRL Grand Final winner (2013)
  • NRL Grand Final winning Co-Captain *Boyd Cordner* (2018)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2013)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2014)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2015)
  • NRL Minor Premiership (2018)
  • World Club Challenge winner (2014)
  • World Club Challenge man of the match (2014)
  • Ashton Collier medallist (2014)
  • NRL Grand Final winner (2018)
  • NRL Grand Final winner (2019)
  • World Club Challenge winner (2019)
  • World Club Challenge winner (2020)
  • State of Origin Winner (2020)
  • Ron McAuliffe Medalist (2020)


In March 2009, Friend was suspended by the NRL for 2 weeks for high range drink driving offences.[12]

On 27 June 2009, Friend along with Sandor Earl were initially charged with assaulting a woman in Sydney. It was alleged the niece of ABC radio commentator David Morrow 'was punched' at The Tank nightclub in The Rocks. They were quickly cleared of any charges after surveilence video was reviewed.[13]

On 13 December 2009, Friend was arrested and charged by police following an altercation with a taxi driver.[14] As a result, the Roosters terminated his contract. In May 2010, Friend was re-instated in the Roosters team after counselling and rehabilitation.[15][16]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Barrett, Chris (21 September 2010). "The wooden spoon to premier gold? Roosters run recalls league history". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/nrls-most-improved-players-in-2013-11738/
  4. ^ https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/live-nrl-grand-final-2018-storm-vs-roosters-from-anz-stadium/news-story/201676e5e809c4713bcd150d9d0687da
  5. ^ "Jake Friend, JWH join Cooper Cronk in Roosters casualty ward, Titans lose Nathan Peats for three months". WWOS.
  6. ^ "Friend backs Robinson's Roosters criticism". NRL.
  7. ^ "Sydney Roosters thrash Newcastle Knights, lose Jake Friend". ESPN.
  8. ^ "NRL grand final player ratings: Roosters and Raiders hits and misses". SMH.
  9. ^ "Sydney Roosters beat Canberra Raiders to win NRL Grand Final". BBC.
  10. ^ "Sydney Roosters are World Club champions after Manu mauls St Helens". www.theguardian.com.
  11. ^ "'More than a team': Ricky's resilient Raiders keep the dream alive". www.nrl.com.
  12. ^ http://www.smh.com.au//breaking-news-sport/friend-suspended-for-two-weeks-by-nrl-20090319-934r.html
  13. ^ Jackson, Glenn; Walter, Brad (14 December 2009). "Career in the balance: Roosters suspend Jake Friend". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  14. ^ "Roosters hooker Friend arrested again". Brisbane Times. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  15. ^ http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/out-of-the-kitchen-and-into-cauldron-for-friend-20100511-uuxc.html
  16. ^ "Friend on prescription drugs charges". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.

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