New Zealand-born, Curtis Rona moved to Perth when he was still in primary school. A Wanneroo Districts junior, Rona represented Western Australia at U15s, U16s and Schoolboy level. He was spotted by the NRL’s North Queensland Cowboys and soon found himself on the other side of the continent and in a different code, scoring 40 tries in 57 matches with the Cowboys and Canterbury Bulldogs. He made a surprise return to Perth ahead of the 2016 season, to play for the Force.. In 2017, Rona made his Test debut against New Zealand in Sydney.
Rona won his first Test cap when picked on the left wing in the run-on XV for the 1st Test against New Zealand in Sydney. He scored the Wallabies’ first try of the evening to become the 94th Australian to score in his Test debut. Rona won a further two caps over the course of the year, both off the bench, against South Africa in Perth and Japan in Yokohama.
Western Australian product Curtis Rona is set to pull on the WA state colours for the first time since his Western Australian Schoolboys days. The 25-year-old’s return to rugby union has been nothing short of spectacular, enjoying a fantastic debut Super Rugby reason leading to a Test debut against the All Blacks in August. Rona’s natural attacking instincts, power and pace make him a huge asset to the Piggies outfit.