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Marata Niukore
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
106 kg
  1. New Zealand
Warriors #
Junior Club
Aorere College
Signed From
Howick Hornets
  1. Centre
  2. Second Row
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Marata impressed playing for Aorere College in Auckland’s inaugural College Rugby League First XIII competition last year.

He trialled with the Sydney Roosters’ SG Ball side but returned home to join the Howick Hornets in Auckland’s Fox Memorial premiership.

He was called in for his Vodafone Junior Warriors debut against Penrith in June. He scored a try that day playing in the centres but has since been used in the second row. He has scored four tries in 12 games.

In July 2015 he signed a 2 year deal with the Warriors.

  • 2014 - Junior Kiwis
  • 2015 - Debuts for Warriors U20
  • 2015 - Signed for 2 years
Marata Niukore (born 29 July 1996) is a Cook Islands international rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row, lock and centre for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL. He will join the New Zealand Warriors in 2023.

Niukore was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

He started his career with the New Zealand Warriors Under 20s before being signed by the Parramatta Eels until the end of 2018 and playing for Wentworthville Magpies in the NSW Cup. Niukore made a total of 40 appearances for Wentworthville over 2 seasons. He represented the Cook Islands against Papua New Guinea in 2017.

In round 11 of the 2018 NRL season, Niukore made his NRL debut for Parramatta against the New Zealand Warriors.

Niukore ended the 2018 NRL season for Parramatta with 14 appearances for the club as the club endured a horror season on and off the field claiming its 14th wooden spoon.

In round 1 of the 2019 NRL season, Niukore started at second-row for Parramatta scoring his first NRL try against the Penrith Panthers in a 20–12 win.

On November 4 2019, it was announced that Niukore had signed a three-year deal to remain at Parramatta until the end of the 2022 season.

He made a total of 17 appearances for Parramatta in the 2020 NRL season as the club finished third but were eliminated from the finals in straight sets.

At the start of the 2021 NRL season, Niukore replaced the injured Waqa Blake at centre. In round 9 of the 2021 NRL season, he was placed on report for a high tackle on Sydney Roosters player James Tedesco and was later suspended for two matches.

In round 22, Niukore was sent to the sin bin during Parramatta's 56–10 loss against Manly. Niukore made a total of 21 games for Parramatta and played in both of the club's finals matches against Newcastle and Penrith. Parramatta were eliminated by Penrith at the semi-final stage in a tough 8–6 loss.

On 11 November, Niukore signed with the New Zealand Warriors on a four-year $2.6 million starting in 2023, until the end of 2026.

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